Aspen Institute Creates Informational Resource For Youth Sports Stakeholders During COVID-19 Outbreak

March 16, 2020

Project Play calls for sports organizers, coaches, parents and youth to share what they are doing or seeing in their communities during the outbreak.

Washington, DC, March 16, 2020 – The Aspen Institute’s Sports & Society Program is collecting information on how the COVID-19 outbreak is impacting youth sports, a focus of the Project Play initiative that helps build healthy communities through sports.

The new webpage, www.aspenprojectplay.org/coronavirus-and-youth-sports, aims to help parents, coaches, administrators, educators and others in the youth sports ecosystem respond to challenges presented by a virus that has major public health implications. The page will be regularly updated with information gathered through public communication by sports organizations and direct outreach to the extensive network of leaders in the Project Play network.

Current topics addressed on the webpage:

  • Should Youth Play Sports During the Outbreak?
  • How Do Parents Keep Kids Physically Active if Schools and Sports are Closed?
  • What are National and State Organizations Advising?
  • What Themes are Emerging in Communities?

Project Play is also calling for sports organizers, coaches, parents and youth to share what they are doing or seeing in their communities during the outbreak, including whether games and practices are still taking place. Information can be shared by contacting Jon Solomon, Editorial Director of the Sports & Society Program at the Aspen Institute, at [email protected].

Media Inquiries: Jon Solomon, Editorial Director of the Sports & Society Program, and Tom Farrey, Executive Director of the Sports & Society Program, are available for interviews. Please email  [email protected] to make arrangements.

About: An initiative of the Aspen Institute’s Sports & Society Program, Project Play develops, applies, and shares knowledge that helps stakeholders build healthy communities through sports. For more information, visit www.ProjectPlay.us.

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important challenges facing the United States and the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org

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