November 19, 2020

Recaps of Virtual Summits

Amid the pandemic, the Aspen Institute decided to make their annual Project Play Summit virtual. In years past, the Summit has been a two-day in-person event that gathers leaders in the youth sports space from across the country to discuss the challenges facing youth sports and activate change. In this year’s virtual setting, the Summit was a four day event that dug deeper into the issues.

The Summit once again highlighted those disparities in access to youth sports have grown. The pandemic is making the divide even more prominent and more youth are being priced, pushed out or burnt out from participation. The Summits issued a call to action to bring change within the youth sports culture. A significant theme from the Summit was recognizing this time as the opportunity to focus on highlighting the greater value of youth sports participation, evaluating the diversity of organizations boards, restarting in-house leagues and making sports fun again for the young athletes. Now is the time to take steps to reintroduce and promote the value of free play and provide resources to support coaches, families, and organizations. For a summary of each session or to watch the interviews, please visit Project Play Summit.

Also in October, the Sports Philanthropy Network held its virtual World Summit. The two-day event provided seven different tracks to follow. Experts provided the opportunity to learn about grant making, marketing an organization and safety measures for athletes. Participants could also virtually network during the event. Visit Sports Philanthropy Network for information on their podcasts and resources.