Project Play is well underway in Southeast Michigan. And as our initiative gains momentum, community and youth sports organizations will play a vital role in inspiring our children with the power of play.


State of Play 2022


Aspen Project Play Playbook

Drawing from insights from over 300 thought leaders, this report dives into eight strategies on how to help children through age 12 become active and stay active through sports. Learn more

Good Sports

Is your child’s school team or youth sports program in need of equipment? Good Sports is a nonprofit organization that provides a wide range of new sporting equipment, footwear and apparel to youth organizations, local teams and schools based on true need. To learn more about Good Sports criteria for equipment donations, visit their website today. LEARN MORE


Playworks helps kids stay active while they build valuable social and emotional skills through play. Learn how you can create more opportunities for play in your youth programs or local school. LEARN MORE

Calls for Coaches

Coaching kids goes beyond simply winning games - it’s also critical to develop each athlete. As a coach, if you are able to focus on the social, emotional, cognitive and physical needs of the whole child, you can help youth athletes feel safe and supported, and foster important traits such as responsibility and perseverance, and guide them in building an emotional foundation for success. VIEW RESOURCE

State of Play SEMI Report

To better understand the state of youth sports in our communities, the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation commissioned three regional studies by the Aspen Institute’s Sports and Society Program. Out of that research, Project Play was born. Read the report

State of Play Video

The research that came out of State of Play was eye-opening. It gave us tremendous insight into how we can shift the state of youth sports in Western New York and Southeast Michigan and help shape the futures of our children and our communities. Watch the video: Watch the video

Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan – Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds

In 2015, the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation established an endowment fund at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan to help support localized programs across the seven counties of Southeast Michigan that provide opportunities for all children to be active through sports. Grants up to $25,000 are available for eligible nonprofit organizations and programs through an annual application process. Visit the Community Foundation’s website for grant guidelines and the current timeline. LEARN MORE

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Grants

Youth Sports & Recreation is a key focus of the grantmaking by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation with a mission of working to provide access for kids to get active through sport regardless of age or ability. The Foundation accepts applications year-round for nonprofit organizations through its grant applications portal online. LEARN MORE

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