The Aspen Institute recognized 18 local and national organizations as this year’s Project Play Champions supporting physical activity through youth sports.

The honorees are awarded for taking “new, meaningful and specific actions” consistent with the Project Play framework, which includes eight strategies that stakeholders can use to help every child become physically active through sports. Those strategies are: Ask Kids What They Want, Reintroduce Free Play, Encourage Sport Sampling, Revitalize In-Town Leagues, Think Small, Design For Development, Train All Coaches and Emphasize Prevention.

The 18 winners for 2020 include:

  • American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO)
  • Detroit Red Wings
  • Her Next Play
  • Learn Fresh
  • Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF)
  • Mayor’s Fitness Council In The City Of San Antonio
  • Miami Dolphins Football Unites
  • Ohio State University Lifesports Initiative
  • PGA Junior League
  • Play Like A Champion Today
  • PowerPlay
  • Seattle Parks & Recreation (SPR)
  • The Grassroots Project (TGP)
  • Urban Initiatives
  • USA Triathlon
  • Tennis Association Mid-Atlantic Section (USTA MAS)
  • Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF)
  • YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit