The following are Project Play materials produced by the Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program and its research partners:

State of Play: Baltimore
The State of Play: Baltimore report is the first comprehensive analysis of how well youth in Baltimore are being served through sports. Authored by the Aspen Institute’s Sports & Society Program and guided by a task force of local leaders, the report features results from a survey of nearly 2,000 youth, 40 findings on strengths and gaps in providing access to sport, five major recommendations, one big “Game Changer” opportunity, and 24 sector-specific, crowd-sourced ideas that stakeholders can plug into. State of Play: Baltimore also includes unique maps of the East Baltimore study area and an economic and health impact assessment if stakeholders can get youth physically active. The report was produced in partnership with Under Armour and released at the 2017 Project Play Summit.

Regional State of Play Reports
The Aspen Institute's State of Play reports for Southeast Michigan, Western New York, and Greater Rochester and the Finger Lakes are the nation’s first-ever analyses of how well a region’s stakeholders are serving the health needs of youth and communities through sports. More than 1,000 local adults and youth informed each of the three reports through interviews, roundtables, focus groups, and surveys. The reports feature original data on rates of sport participation, physical activity, and coach training. Each identifies 40 key findings and offers five major recommendations, one big “Game Changer” opportunity, and 24 sector-specific ideas that stakeholders can plug into. They also include economic impact assessments if stakeholders can get more youth physically active. The reports were produced in partnership with the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, and Rochester Area Community Foundation. For more information, visit Read the reports, released in June 2017, below:

SE Michigan | Western NY | Greater Rochester & Finger Lakes | Summary + Video 

National State of Play: 2016
Our first annual report on how well stakeholders are serving children and communities through youth sports offers grades, the latest data on participation rates, exclusive insights, and 50+ key developments in the past year in each of the areas of opportunity identified in our seminal 2015 report Sport for All, Play for Life: A Playbook to Get Every Kid in the Game. The report also identifies next steps in building the movement to make sport accessible and affordable to all. Report released in June 2016.

Where's the Money? Research on innovation in financing sport, recreation spaces
Pre-event research slide deck by J.O. Spengler and Ori Baber, Texas A&M University, October 2015

Orleans Parish State of Youth Sports and Physical Activity
In partnership with the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and the New Orleans Sports Based Youth Development Coalition, this Project Play-supported report offers an overview of the opportunities for youth (through age 18) to be engaged in sport and physical activity in the Orleans Parish of New Orleans. Report released in September 2015. (Full report PDF here; youth sketches featured on Medium here)

Physical Literacy in the United States: A Model, Strategic Plan, and Call to Action 
Supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and with guidance from a 15-member, cross-sector working group, this report offers a deep dive into the central idea behind Project Play. It builds on research showing that children with motor skills competence are more likely to stay physically active into adolescence and adulthood, identifies the populations in greatest need, and offers 150+ activation ideas. (Website here; full report PDF here; executive summary PDF here). Report released in June 2015.

Physical Literacy: A Global Environmental Scan
First-ever effort to catalog physical literacy programming around the world, in partnership with SPARC, June 2015

Cover of Fields of Dreams Report SummarySport for All, Play for Life: A Playbook to Get Every Kid in the Game
Over two years, Project Play convened 300+ thought leaders in a series of roundtables, identifying ways to get and keep all children through age 12 active through sports. This 50-page report, released in January 2015, aggregates the eight most promising strategies for the eight sectors that touch the lives of children. Supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Sport for All, Play for Life: A Playbook to Get Every Kid in the Game is a unifying document, collecting in one place the best opportunities for stakeholders—from sport leaders to mayors, parents to policymakers—to work together to grow access to an early, positive sport experience. (Website here; hard copy here)

espnW/Aspen Institute Project Play Survey of Parents on youth sports issues
National survey results by the Sports & Society Program, 2014

Fields of Dreams: Innovate and They Will Come? 
Event summary report by the Sports & Society Program, 2014

Places to Play: A Summary of Key Characteristics of the Built Environment that Support 'Sport for All, Play for Life' Communities
Research report by John O. Spengler, SPARC, 2014

Project Play at President's Council for Fitness, Sports & Nutrition annual meeting
Video of roundtable moderated by Tom Farrey, 2014

Aligning for Impact: Delivering Early Positive Experiences at ScaleCover of Digital to Physical Play Report Summary
Event summary report by the Sports & Society Program, 2014

Funding for Youth Sport: Learning from the Past and Aligning for the Future
Research report by Bradley Fawver and John O. Spengler of SPARC, 2014

Digital to Physical Play: Can Tech Make it Happen? 
Event summary report by the Sports & Society Program, 2014

Off the Bench: How to Get Health Pros into the Game of Youth Sports? 
Event summary report by the Sports & Society Program, 2014

Getting and Keeping Kids in the Game: A Summary of Key Recommendations by Medical and Health Groups
Research report by John O. Spengler, SPARC, 2014

Designing for Universal Access: How to Reach All Kids?
Event summary report by the Sports & Society Program, 2014

Sport Participation Rates Among Underserved American Youth
Research report by Michael Sagas and George Cunningham, SPARC, 2014

Kid-Focused, Coach-Driven: What Training is Needed?
Event summary report by the Sports & Society Program, 2013

What is the Status of Youth Coach Training in the U.S.?
Research report by Garrett Beatty and Bradley Fawver, SPARC, 2013

Early Positive Experiences: What is Age-Appropriate?
Event summary report by the Sports & Society Program, 2013

What Does the Science Say About Athletic Development in Children? 
Research report by Michael Sagas, SPARC, 2013

Event summary report by the Sports & Society Program, 2013


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