Coalition Overview

The Project Play Coalition harnesses community energy to elevate sports-based youth development as a movement that functions as a catalyst for permanent positive change. We recognize that sports, play, and recreation, when done well, are uniquely positioned to help children learn and grow.

The Coalition is a collaborative of nonprofit and community-based youth sports and recreation organizations, sports-based youth development programs, school districts, government agencies, colleges/universities, businesses, and professional sports teams representing a full spectrum of sports, play, and outdoor recreation. The collaborative is a diverse, broad-based, cross-sector coalition representing seven Southeast Michigan counties – Wayne, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, and Washtenaw. The goals of the coalition include:

Capture data used to measure impact.

Support the fulfillment of the Aspen’s Institute’s 8 Plays & 8 Children’s Bill of Rights in Sports

Share resources, funding opportunities, and trainings.

Develop a common voice, set community standards, and create systems change

Drive impact by identifying best practices within the youth sports play, and recreational ecosystem.

Foster mentally reinforcing actions by member organizations


What to Expect

The Project Play Coalition is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion through our mission, vision, and values and by bringing together diverse stakeholders who reflect the community we serve. The Coalition’s role is to convene youth sports, play, and recreation providers around shared learning and support their work with resources, opportunities for growth, and advocacy. The benefits include:

Training and professional development, learning communities

Community building and quarterly convenings

Annual certifications/trainings

Grant updates and other resource opportunities

Access to capacity-building support

A forum for collective action

Leadership opportunities and action teams

Get Involved

We welcome all individuals who want to make Southeast Michigan a more active community! We stand for healthy children and healthy communities!

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