National Project Play

The Power of Play

Learn more about Project Play and its annual summit, where we assess the nation’s state of play and leaders take next steps in building healthy communities through sport.

The power of play changes everything. It sets our children up for success, it keeps them healthy, it strengthens our communities—and every child should benefit from it.

Parents and leaders from across sectors believe in the power of play to build healthy children and communities. They’re concerned about rising participation fees, high attrition and low physical activity rates, injury risks and a shift away from unstructured play. They also recognize that no one group alone can address these trends.

Launched in 2013 by the Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program Project Play develops, applies and shares knowledge that helps build healthy communities through sports.