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2019 Project Play Summit

The Project Play Summit is the nation’s premier gathering of youth, sport and health leaders. Select Summit sessions will be livestreamed on this page Sept. 17-18 from Detroit. The livestream schedule is listed below.

Tuesday, Sept. 17 Livestream Sessions

8:55-9:15 AM – Ask Kids What They Want: Meet the Unretired
Moderator: Cassidy Hubbarth
Panelists: Betsy Pringle, age 10, Birmingham, AL
Tanaya Mullen, age 12, Detroit, MI
Daniel Solomon, age 12,  Urbana, MD
Navonne Love, age 10, Los Angeles, CA

Recorded Video Coming Soon

9:55-10:25 AM – Sports as Social Fabric, with David Brooks and Tim Shriver
Moderator: Ranya Bautista, Project Coordinator, Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program
Panelists: David Brooks, Executive Director, Weave: The Social Fabric Project
Tim Shriver, Chairman, Special Olympics International

1:25-2:10 PM – Design for Development: Hoop Dreams at 25 – Is Youth Basketball Any Wiser Now?
Moderator: Jon Solomon, Editorial Director, Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program
Panelists: Peter Gilbert, Hoop Dreams Filmmaker, Wake Forest University
Chris Webber, Former NBA All-Star, Turner NBA Analyst


2:10-2:40 PM – Emphasize Prevention: How to Truly Reform USA Gymnastics?
Moderator: Emily Stets, Program Associate, Project Play
Panelists: Valorie Kondos Field, former UCLA Gymnastics Coach
Wendy Hilliard, Wendy Hilliard Gymnastics Foundation

3:55-4:30 PM – What I Learned in Youth Sports, with C. J. Anderson
Moderator: Pat Forde, Yahoo! Sports
Panelist: C. J. Anderson, Detroit Lions Running Back

Wednesday, Sept. 18 Livestream Sessions

9:00-9:50 AM – Featured Conversation: Sport for Social Change
Introduced by: Lex Chalat, Beyond Sport
Moderator: Kyle Martino, NBC Sports
Panelists: Mariona Miret, FC Barcelona Foundation
David Egner, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

11:20 AM-12:00 PM – Think Small: Making It Happen in a Big Way
Moderator: J.J. Tighe, Director, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation
Panelists: Byron Brown, Mayor of Buffalo
Arn Tellem, Vice Chairman, Palace Sports & Entertainment/Detroit Pistons

3:20-3:50 PM – Call for Leadership: The Role of Government in Driving Systems-Level Change
Moderator: Tom Farrey, Executive Director, Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program
Panelists: Janet Fulton, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Jocelyn Benson, Secretary of State, State of Michigan
Matt Wright, Task Force Member, State of Play Hawai’i

First Speakers Announced
Detroit to Host the Aspen Institute’s Project Play Summit in September; First Speakers Announced
August 14, 2019 •

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Event information
Tue Sep 17, 2019 - Wed Sep 18, 2019
8:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
Detroit, MI