Resources

Families

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Project Play Parent Checklist

Trying to figure out what youth sports program is a good fit for your child can be confusing and frustrating at times. The following checklists provide 10 simple questions that 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. LEARN MORE
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Buffalo and Erie County Public Library – Equipment Share Pilot Program

To ensure a life-long love of sport and physical activity, kids need to have the opportunity to sample a variety of sports. Sports sampling helps children discover new sports and develop sharper physical fitness skills. The Equipment Share Pilot Program allows children Western New York to checkout sporting equipment through a local library branch. LEARN MORE
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Good Sports

Is your child’s school team or youth sports program in need of equipment? Good Sports is a nonprofit organization that provides a wide range of new sporting equipment, footwear and apparel to youth organizations, local teams and schools based on true need. To learn more about Good Sports criteria for equipment donations, visit their website today. LEARN MORE
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How to Coach Kids

Are you a volunteer coach or interested in becoming one? Then check out this FREE, 30-minute interactive online training course for volunteer coaches for kids under age 12. Co-created by Nike and the U.S. Olympic Committee, with the support of our partners at the Aspen Institute, How to Coach Kids also offers a complete resource center with tools for coaching kids in any sport. LEARN MORE
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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. LEARN MORE

Coaches

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Calls For Coaches

Coaching kids goes beyond simply winning games - it’s also critical to develop each athlete. As a coach, if you are able to focus on the social, emotional, cognitive and physical needs of the whole child, you can help youth athletes feel safe and supported, and foster important traits such as responsibility and perseverance, and guide them in building an emotional foundation for success. LEARN MORE
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How to Coach Kids

Are you a volunteer coach or interested in becoming one? Then check out this FREE, 30-minute interactive online training course for volunteer coaches for kids under age 12. Co-created by Nike and the U.S. Olympic Committee, with the support of our partners at the Aspen Institute, How to Coach Kids also offers a complete resource center with tools for coaching kids in any sport. LEARN MORE

Youth Sports Organizations

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Good Sports

Is your child’s school team or youth sports program in need of equipment? Good Sports is a nonprofit organization that provides a wide range of new sporting equipment, footwear and apparel to youth organizations, local teams and schools based on true need. To learn more about Good Sports criteria for equipment donations, visit their website today. LEARN MORE
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Project Play Playbook

The Project Play Playbook is a 50-page report aggregating the eight most promising strategies to foster the development of healthy children and communities through play. LEARN MORE
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State of Play: WNY Report

To better understand the state of youth sports in our communities, the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation commissioned three regional studies by the Aspen Institute’s Sports and Society Program. Out of that research, Project Play Western New York was born. READ THE REPORT
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State of Play Video

The research that came out of State of Play was eye-opening. It gave us tremendous insight into how we can shift the state of youth sports in Western New York, and our partner region of Southeast Michigan, to help shape the futures of our children and our communities. WATCH THE VIDEO
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Playworks

Playworks helps kids stay active while they build valuable social and emotional skills through play. Learn how you can create opportunities for play in your schools and youth programs. LEARN MORE