Project Play launched in April 2013. Since they, it has collaborated with more than 250 leaders to collect insights that have informed this report. The lead author of the report is Tom Farrey.

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Project Play convened leaders and collected insights at a launch summit in April 2013 as well as through nine roundtables, one televised town hall, and several panel discussions. The Sports & Society Program expresses its deepest appreciation to the more than 250 leaders — from President Clinton to Olympic athletes, public health visionaries to local sport practitioners — who shared insights at our events. Please see a complete list of participants on our website: www.ProjectPlay.us.

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The lead author of this report is Tom Farrey, executive director of the Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program. He is also author of the book (ESPN), Game On: The All-American Race to Make Champions of Our Children. Providing editorial support is Risa Isard, program coordinator, Sports & Society Program.

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The Sports & Society Program would like to thank the members of the Project Play Advisory Group for their review and thoughtful comments on the report: Laurence Chalip, Professor and Department Head, Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism, College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Alex Chan, Associate Director of National Strategy, Clinton Health Matters Initiative of the Clinton Foundation; Jay Coakley, Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs; Peter Davis, Principal, Sport Performance Management; Ginny Ehrlich, Director and Senior Program Officer, Childhood Obesity Team, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Gary Hall Jr., Principal at Hallway Consulting and Olympic champion swimmer; Nathan Plowman, Partnerships Director, Nike; Sharon Roerty, Senior Program Officer, Childhood Obesity Team, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Deborah Slaner-Larkin, Chief Executive Officer, Women’s Sports Foundation; John O. Spengler, Professor of Sport Management, Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management, University of Florida; Jim Whitehead, Executive Vice President/CEO, American College of Sports Medicine; Shale Wong, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, University of Colorado-Denver.

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Support for this report was provided by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Additional design support was provided by Nike. We would also like to recognize the organizations that have hosted Aspen Institute events or panels that informed the work of Project Play, among them: ESPN and espnW, Google, the American College of Sports Medicine, The Whistle, the U.S. Olympic Committee, the U.S. Tennis Association, the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, The Clinton Foundation, KaBOOM!, the American Heart Association, Santa Clara University, LaSalle University, the Illinois Youth Sports Initiative, Partnership for a Healthier America, Nike, the LA84 Foundation, the U.S. Youth Soccer Association, the Sports & Fitness Industry Association, and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.

 

Additional thanks to Mara Smith and Andrea Cernich for their efforts, and Bill Mayer for his support.