The following are Project Play materials produced by the Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program. Most of the reports capture and aggregate key findings and insights on topics tied to the landscape of youth sports in Baltimore and more broadly through our roundtables, where 300+ leaders have shared and shaped ideas on how to get all children active through sports. In sum, the reports offer a deep dive on the contemporary barriers and opportunities facing stakeholders.


State of Play: Baltimore 
The State of Play: Baltimore report is the first comprehensive analysis of how well youth in Baltimore are being served through sports. Authored by the Aspen Institute’s Sports & Society Program and guided by a task force of local leaders, the report features results from a survey of nearly 2,000 youth, 40 findings on strengths and gaps in providing access to sport, five major recommendations, one big “Game Changer” opportunity, and 24 sector-specific, crowd-sourced ideas that stakeholders can plug into. State of Play: Baltimore also includes unique maps of the East Baltimore study area and an economic and health impact assessment if stakeholders can get youth physically active. The report was produced in partnership with Under Armour.

Learn about the local sports providers in the East Baltimore study area of Project Play: Baltimore.


Parent Checklists
The first and most important leader in the life of a child is the parent. So, we created checklists with 10 questions that caregivers can ask themselves, their child, and sport providers that will help build an athlete for life. Find, the checklist most relevant to your child, we have three choices: Kids Ages 0-5, Kids Ages 6-12 Who Play Sports, and Kids Ages 6-12 Not Playing Sports.


National State of Play
The Aspen Institute's State of Play: 2018 report is the third annual snapshot of how well stakeholders are serving children and communities through sports. The report includes the most recent youth sports participation data from the Sports & Fitness Industry Association; exclusive analysis of 40+ key developments from the past year; and grades in each of Project Play’s eight “plays” or areas of shared opportunity. State of Play: 2018 also highlights one innovative organization that’s making a difference in each of our eight strategies, and identifies next steps toward building the movement to make sport accessible and affordable to all. The report was released in October 2018.


Sport for All, Play for Life:
A Playbook to Get Every Kid in the Game

Over two years, Project Play convened 300+ thought leaders in a series of roundtables, identifying ways to get and keep all children through age 12 active through sports. This 50-page report, released in January 2015, aggregates the eight most promising strategies for the eight sectors that touch the lives of children. Supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Sport for All, Play for Life: A Playbook to Get Every Kid in the Game is a unifying document, collecting in one place the best opportunities for stakeholders—from sport leaders to mayors, parents to policymakers—to work together to grow access to an early, positive sport experience. (Website here; hard copy here)