WASHINGTON, May 10, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 2016 Project Play Summit is the nation's premier gathering of thought leaders at the intersection of youth, sport, and health. The day-long event will take measure of the collective progress made in the past year in growing access to quality sport activity, offer learnings through session dialogues, and host the announcement of new initiatives. The Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program will also release exclusive data and insights on sport participation trends involving children through its forthcoming State of Play: 2016 report.
More information, including an agenda and speaker list, can be found at: http://aspenprojectplay.org/events/2016-project-play-summit. A live-stream of key sessions will be available at as.pn/live.
Press and cameras are welcome. Most sessions will include a Q&A. Join the conversation live via Twitter at @AspenInstSports and @AspenInstitute, and with #ProjectPlay.
WHO: Keynote conversation between First Lady Michelle Obama and brother Craig Robinson, ESPN college basketball analyst, on the importance of sports activity and the First Lady's Let's Move! initiative. The conversation will be moderated by Michael Wilbon, host of ESPN's Pardon the Interruption.
Other speakers include:
- Billie Jean King, tennis and civil rights pioneer
- Dr. Bennet Omalu, Professor, University of California at Davis; portrayed by Will Smith in Concussion
- Grant Hill, Seven-time NBA All-Star
- Mary Davis, CEO, Special Olympics International
- Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
- Alonzo Mourning, NBA Champion
- Allyson Felix, Olympic champion sprinter
- Tab Ramos, Youth Technical Director, US Soccer Federation
- Jim Whitehead, CEO, American College of Sports Medicine
- Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, CEO, Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA
- Kevin Martinez, VP, Corporate Citizenship, ESPN
- James Siegal, CEO, KaBOOM!
- Kate Carr, President and CEO, Safe Kids Worldwide
- Tom Farrey, Executive Director, Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program
WHEN: Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 7:30 AM –5:30 PM EDT.
WHERE: Knight Conference Center at the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
EDITOR'S NOTE: Space is limited to members of the press who RSVP. To apply for a press pass, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Event sponsors include Nike, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA, Mount Sinai Health System, and the Harris Family Charitable Foundation. Additional support and collaboration is provided by ESPN, William E. Mayer, the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, USA Bobsled & Skeleton, the American Council on Exercise, the US Tennis Association, the American Heart Association, the LA84 Foundation, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance.
The Aspen Institute is a nonpartisan forum for values-based leadership and the exchange of ideas. The Institute is based in Washington, DC and has campuses in Aspen, Colorado and on the Wye River on Maryland's Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org.
The mission of the Sports & Society Program is to convene leaders, facilitate dialogue and inspire solutions that help sports serve the public interest. Project Play is a multi-stage initiative to provide stakeholders with the insights and tools to build healthy communities, starting with access to quality sport for children. For more, visit www.ProjectPlay.us.
Let's Move! combines comprehensive strategies with common sense to put children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years; gives parents helpful information and fosters environments that support healthy choices; provides healthier foods in our schools; ensures that every family has access to healthy, affordable food; and helps children become more physically active. One of its initiatives, Let's Move! Active Schools, equips schools with the resources and tools to increase physical education and physical activity opportunities for students, and to cultivate an Active School environment. For more information, visit: http://www.letsmove.gov/.
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SOURCE The Aspen Institute