projectplaybigforcover-1000x500Today’s Washington Post has an important article written by Michael Rosenwald on the importance of making youth sports available and affordable to all:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/local/wp/2016/05/17/youth-sports-participation-is-up-slightly-but-many-kids-are-still-left-behind/

Aspen Institute Research shows that the needs of most children are not being met, Fewer than half of children ages 6 to 11 meet the U.S. Surgeon General’s recommendation for engaging in at least 60 minutes of moderate physical activity most days of the week.(4) One way to address that deficit is through sport activity, especially team sports, as children often enjoy playing in groups. But fewer of them are doing so now than just a few years ago. The federal government does not track sports participation rates among preteens, but according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), which does, 40 percent of kids played team sports on a regular basis in 2013, down from 44.5 percent in 2008. Further, only 52.2 percent took part in those activities even once during the year, down from 58.6 percent.(5)

The Project Play Summit has assembled a brilliant team of fitness experts in Washington, DC to help build a healthier future for America.  First Lady Michelle Obama will be hosting an important discussion on parenting active children and the importance of making sport affordable and accessible for all youth — regardless of zip code or ability.  This half-hour conversation begins at 11:40am ET and will be live-streamed at http://www.aspeninstitute.org/events/live

More than 60 other leaders, journalists and athletes will also speak during the Project Play Summit, the nation’s premier gathering of leaders at the intersection of sport, youth and health. Among them: Mary Davis, CEO, Special Olympics International; Tab Ramos, Youth Technical Director, US Soccer Federation; Jim Whitehead, CEO, American College of Sports Medicine; Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, CEO, Laureus Foundation USA; Dr. Bennet Omalu, Chief Medical Examiner, San Joaquin County (Calif.); Alonzo Mourning, former NBA All-Star; Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; and Billie Jean King, civil rights pioneer. The latter three are all members of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.

For more information on today’s Summit visit http://aspenprojectplay.org/events/2016-project-play-summit.

And get your copy of the ProjectPlay Report – A playbook to get every kid in the game at http://youthreport.projectplay.us/