2016 Project Play Summit

More than 60 leaders, journalists, and athletes will speak during the May 17th Project Play Summit, the nation's premier gathering of leaders at the intersection of sport, youth, and health. Follow the #projectplay hashtag for highlights from the conversations.


  1. Welcome and Opening Remarks: Walter Isaacson, President and CEO, The Aspen Institute; Lt. Gen. (ret.) Mark Hertling, member, President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition
  2. State of Play: 2016
    Speakers: Tom Farrey, Executive Director, Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program
  3. Reintroduce Free Play: Can the largest organizations drive de-organization? Introducer: Emcee Moderator: Jon Frankel, Correspondent, HBO Real Sports
  4. Ask Kids What They Want: What Does the Research Tell Us? Introducer: Will Mayer, Sacred Heart University
  5. Building a Social Movement for Access to Sport
    Speakers: Billie Jean King, Civil rights leader, Moderator: Shellie Pfohl, Executive Director, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition,
    Introducer: Risa Isard, Program Associate, Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program
  6. Featured Conversation
    Speakers: First Lady Michelle Obama, Craig Robinson, Analyst, ESPN
    Moderator: Michael Wilbon, Co-host, Pardon the Interruption, ESPN