Fields of dreams are great, but innovate and they will come. That is the message that KaBOOM! CEO James Siegal will deliver when he takes the stage at the 2016 Project Play Summit on May 17 at the Newseum's Knight Conference Center.
Hosted by the Aspen Institute's Sports & Society Program, the 2016 Project Play Summit is the nation's premier gathering at the intersection of youth, health and sports. Over 350 thought leaders will join Siegal at the all-day event to take measure of the collective progress made in the past year, learn through session dialogues, and celebrate the announcement of new initiatives that will increase access to early positive sports experiences.
Siegal will join a panel inspired by the Project Play strategy to "Think Small" in creating play and sport spaces. It's the same strategy for which KaBOOM! was recognized in the seminal Aspen Institute report, Sport for All, Play for Life: A Playbook to Get Every Kid in the Game. Innovation and creativity have been the catalyst for the KaBOOM! Play Everywhere Challenge, making Siegal the perfect candidate to help answer the question framing the panel, "Can we systematize creativity in play spaces?" In reflecting on this question, Siegal will help attendees understand how they can take meaningful action in their communities and through their institutions to grow access to early positive sports experiences. The session will be moderated by Kevin Martinez of ESPN. Joining Siegal and Martinez will be Corliss Allen Solomon (Doctoral Student and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Fellow, University of North Carolina at Charlotte), Chip Patterson (Executive Director, The First Tee of Greater New Orleans), and Erin Smith (Director of Education and Training, US Lacrosse).
This is the second year that KaBOOM! is represented at the Project Play Summit, following KaBOOM! founder Darell Hammond's participation in 2015.
KaBOOM! Founder Darell Hammond at the 2015 Project Play Summmit
Other featured speakers at the 2016 event include: Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Alonzo Mourning, NBA champion; Allyson Felix, Olympic champion sprinter; Mary Davis, CEO Special Olympics, Tab Ramos, Youth Technical Director, US Soccer Federation; Jim Whitehead, CEO, American College of Sports Medicine, and Benita Fitzgerald-Mosley, CEO, Laureus Foundation USA.
For more information about the 2016 Project Play Summit, visit the Aspen Institute website.