Resources for Families

All families want the best for their kids. 

Supporting engagement in sports at an early age is a great way to develop the necessary social and emotional skills to support not only their success in school and life, but also build confidence and lifelong healthy habits.

Project Play Western New York is working collectively across all of our communities to help improve the access and quality of youth sports for all children. The following resources and events can help families navigate the youth sports landscape to get (and keep) children playing!

Project Play Resources for Families

Project Play Parent Checklist

Trying to figure out which youth sports program is a good fit for your child can be confusing and frustrating at times. The following checklists provide 10 simple questions you should ask, based on your child’s age and activity level with sports. Watch the video that’s most relevant for you and your child, view the checklists to assess your child’s sports experience and find resources you need to build an athlete for life.

The Healthy Sport Index

Are you a parent of a high school-aged child? The Healthy Sport Index provides expert data to identify the benefits and risks of participating in 10 high school sports. Developed by the Aspen Institute, in partnership with medical experts and researchers, explore this web-based resource to help you and your child choose the most appropriate sports based on both the health benefits and athletic skill development you are seeking.

Every Kid Sports

Every Kid Sports partners with individuals and organizations to fund the Every Kids Sports Pass. The Pass serves qualifying families who could use a little help with money for sports.

Community Conversations

Project Play WNY hosts conversations for families, coaches and youth sport organizations on how we can all work together to ensure kids in our region have an opportunity to be active through a quality youth sport experience regardless of zip code. Check back for future dates and details.