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Aspiring Athletes Play On with Equipment Kits from Project Play

In the age of social distancing, many youth sports leagues, practices, and competitions have been canceled, presenting a challenge for children stuck at home who want to remain active, as well as parents who rely on sports to keep kids motivated and engaged during the school year.

In response, the Project Play team has developed free themed sports kits containing basketballs, jump ropes, sidewalk chalk, and other equipment to encourage at-home recreation.

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3 Innovative Ideas by Youth Sports Providers During COVID-19

During this time, creativity and unity is necessary to provide the youth sports opportunities that kids need. These three strategies highlight unique ways that youth sports is being elevated while being nimble and responsive to the needs of the communities they serve.

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Niyo: Hiatus may cause us to rethink priority we put on organized youth sports

In an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, youth sports have ceased. What does this hiatus mean for kids and families? In the midst of this difficult time, there may be some lessons for everyone about what we both appreciate and might want to change about our approach to youth sports.

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Detroit to Host the Aspen Institute’s Project Play Summit in September; First Speakers Announced

The fifth Project Play Summit will take place September 17-18 at the Renaissance Center in Detroit, MI, marking the first time the summit has been scheduled outside of Washington, DC. Former NBA star Chris Webber and NCAA champion gymnastics coach Valorie Kondos Field will be discussing the importance of youth sports and the state of play.

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Survey: Kids Quit Most Sports By Age 11

The average child today spends less than three years playing a sport, quitting by age 11, most often because the sport just isn’t fun anymore. Their parents are under pressure, too, with some sports costing thousands of dollars a year and travel expenses taking up the largest chunk.

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Ten Charts That Show Progress, Challenges to Fix Youth Sports

Learn how the national landscape of youth sports is changing. Recently, Project Play released its annual findings in a series of ten charts. From those findings, we can gain a deeper understanding of the progress we’ve made and what we can do to keep it going strong.

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Beyond a Level Playing Field

One of the important topics discussed at the 2018 Project Play Summit, hosted by the Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program, is mixed-gender youth sports. Read as three Olympic athletes give their thoughts on mixed-gender competition and how it could improve sports and reframe the way our culture thinks about gender.

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Find the Best Sport for You: Aspen Institute Releases First Tool to Assess Health Benefits of High School Sports

The right sport can make all the difference for our children. And now, finding it is easier than ever. Combining the best available data and expert analysis, the Healthy Sports Index is the first tool to help parents and children assess the health benefits and risks of the ten most popular sports.

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