Andre Fountain

Project Coordinator

Andre joined the Aspen Institute's Sports & Society Program in October 2016, with responsibility for the execution of Project Play: Baltimore.  Andre believes in using the power of sports to capture hearts, challenge minds, and change lives in a positive way. A native of Baltimore, he has a B.A. in Mass Communications from Virginia State University. He also earned Master Degrees in Business Administration and Sport Business Management from the renowned DeVos Sport Business Management Program of the University of Central Florida. Andre can be reached at


Tom Farrey

Executive Director
Sports & Society Program

Tom created the Sports & Society Program and conceptualized Project Play, which launched in 2013.  He is also an ESPN journalist whose cross-platform work with Outside the Lines, ESPN the Magazine and has won many national awards, including two Emmys for Outstanding Sports Journalism, an Edward R. Murrow Award, and in 2014, ESPN's first-ever Alfred I. duPont/Columbia University Award. He is author of "Game On: The All-American Race to Make Champions of Our Children" (2008, ESPN Books), an exploration of the landscape of modern youth sports that universities across the country made a required text. The book included a chapter on the history of youth sports in Baltimore and the impact of rec centers on the community. He can be followed @TomFarrey and reached at

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Risa Isard

Senior program associate
Sports & Society program

Risa joined the Sports & Society Program in June 2014 and is co-author of the physical literacy report. Prior to her role at the Institute, she served as the community relations coordinator for the Fresno Grizzlies, then the Triple-A Affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. Isard graduated cum laude from Duke University with a specialized degree in "Social Change at the Intersection of Culture, Gender, and Sports." She also received honors for her thesis titled "Towards a Level Playing Field: The Faces and Forces Behind Title IX and Women's Educational Equality, 1969-1975." A long-time advocate of using sports as a platform for social change, Risa has been published on espnW and Generation W. She can be followed at @RisaLovesSports.


Project Play: Baltimore Advisory Group

Advisory Group Members

  • Chas Ackley, Living Classrooms Foundation
  • Jeff Breslin, Under Armour
  • Tracey Estep, Baltimore City Recreation & Parks
  • Jessica Gappa, T. Rowe Price
  • Elvis Guzman, The Abell Foundation
  • Dionne Koller, University of Baltimore
  • Councilman Brandon Scott,  Baltimore City Council
  • Artie West, Charm City Youth Lacrosse