As youth sports slowly starts to emerge from the pandemic, it provides a great opportunity for youth sport and youth-serving organizations to re-engage their volunteer coaches in programs aimed at making their experience better. Below are two FREE options available to youth sport organizations.

Tough Times Make Tough Teams – PPWNY Huddle Up

Project Play WNY details how the WNY Youth Sports community is responding to the crisis and reminds us that the youth sports community knows how to rally together in times of need.

Read Bridget’s March Huddle Up

Lessons Learned, Plans Changed

We can re-start youth sport with an altered mindset that finds kids where they are, not where we want them to be. We can design for development, not just competition.

Read Bridget's latest Huddle Up

Community Resources

Below are resources to help youth sports organizations navigate the uncertainty and take advantage of opportunities aimed at helping them emerge more impactful than ever.

Planning For A Return To Play

The Aspen Institute’s Return to Play Guide is the first cross-sport risk assessment guide that sets out how various sport and recreation activities can be enjoyed while minimizing transmission or contraction of the COVID-19 virus.

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COVID-19 Reopening Information

Below is a summary of government guidance and resources to businesses and organizations.

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Survey Parent Readiness to Return to Play

Project Play WNY is offering to help youth sports organizations survey their parents to return to play.

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The United Way of Buffalo & Erie County is connecting organizations and individuals to the resources needed to minimize both the health and financial impact of the outbreak.

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The WNY Nonprofit Support Group provides a listing of free or low-cost resources to help organizations of all sizes navigate the impacts of the crisis.

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Aspen Institute Project Play

Aspen Institute’s Sports & Society Program is collecting information on how the outbreak is impacting youth sports.

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Sports Philanthropy Network

The Sports Philanthropy Network runs a variety of webinars to provide insight and growth opportunities during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Project Play WNY Events Calendar

The Project Play WNY Events Calendar provides a daily listing of webinars aimed at helping families and organizations recover from the crisis.

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YMCA of Twin Tiers (Allegany, Cattaraugus Counties)

The YMCA of the Twin Tiers is coordinating efforts and resources to address the specific needs facing the Southern Tier.

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Buffalo Public Schools

The Buffalo Public Schools and Project Play WNY has teamed up for the Free Play Challenge: PE Edition.

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UBMD Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Injury Prevention

The information below can benefit players at all levels of athletic competition – from youth, high school and college to semi-pro and professional – and help prevent injuries.

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Home Play Resources

We need free play now more than ever. Play helps children and families share experience that helps build hope and memories for the years to come. Project Play WNY is here to support the power of play now and long after the current crisis has passed. Below are resources from a variety of organizations that inspire active play while staying safe at home.

Project Play WNY Free Play Decks of Cards

Project Play WNY developed Free Play decks of cards to bring back some of the great street and backyard games that have been lost over time.

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WNY Mini Flag Football Challenge

Join us for the WNY Mini Flag Football Challenge.

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Hiking Trails in Western New York

Below is information on a variety of beautiful trails to visit with your family this summer.

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Playworks #playathome provides video tutorials of games that follow CDC guidelines and can be played at home with little to no equipment.

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Classroom Champions

Social and emotional learning curriculum and mentorship programs to improve engagement and build growth mindsets.

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Nick Helps

Providing tools for children and parents to stay active, connect and entertained while staying home.

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Active for Life

Activities for indoors and outdoors that help promote physical literacy.

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Explore easy ways to have a blast being active at home with these videos! Gather the family and get playing, learning, laughing and making memories.

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Social Media Resources

Several small organizations, professional sports teams, coaches and athletes are using social media to share activity ideas for children and families. Please follow PPWNY on social media as we vet and share these ideas.

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