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2015 Projecy Play Summit: Keynote address by the US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy

March 2, 2015

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., provided the keynote address at the 2015 Project Play Summit. Held Feb. 25 at the Newseum in Washington D.C. and hosted by the Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program, the Summit convened 350 leaders from the eight sectors that touch the lives of children and focused on how to create the opportunity for all children in America to become active through sports. The Summit was held in the wake of the release of the Project Play report, “Sport for All, Play for Life: A Playbook to Get Every Kid in the Game.”
In his speech, Murthy drew new, important connections between the role of sports activity for kids and the promotion of public health, given the associated physical, emotional and mental benefits. He spoke in personal terms about the benefits that sports participation provided him as a child growing up in Miami, Florida, as the son of Indian-American immigrants. He also lauded the work of the Aspen Institute’s Project Play in providing a roadmap and creating the conditions for stakeholders to design solutions that make a quality sport experience more accessible to more children.
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