Super Panel on the State of Play in Youth Sports & Closing Breakfast

 Thursday, Apr 26, 2018
Sports Tourism’s rapid growth has been fueled by youth sports in nearly every destination.  Projections show the youth sports industry is poised to double in the next 5 years.  Facility expansion, the decline of youth participation and meaningful local engagement will be a part of this discussion.   

Moderator – Al Kidd, President & CEO of NASC
Tom Farrey –   Executive Director of The Aspen Institute’s Project Play.  Tom is a pioneering journalist, writer and social entrepreneur creating opportunities in sport, health, media and philanthropy.  He is also the author of the book, Game On:  The All-American Race to Make Champions of Our Children.  He founded the Aspen Institute’s Sports and Society program to convene leaders and facilitate dialogue that inspire solutions that help sport serve the public interest.  In 2013, Project Plan launched to build healthy communities through sport for all children.

Dev Pathik – CEO and Founder SFA and SFM a founding member of Aspen Institute Project Play 2020, an industry thought leader and media spokesperson who has appeared on NBC Today Show, HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,  Forbes Sports Money, and more than 4000 publications.  Pathik’ s companies have provided planning services to more than 1500 communities and hosted more than 50 million visits since 2014.   

Tom Cove – President & CEO of Sports & fitness Industry Association.  Mr. Cove represents the interests of the nation’s sporting goods manufactures under the direction of SFIA’s advocacy, legislative and media influencers.  Since 2005 Mr. Cove has been building the organization’s public policy influence in Washington DC. 

Where are we and where are we headed? The state of youth sports in America is complex.  Sports tourism is on the rise and the youth sports industry is poised to double in the next 5 years.  Yet even with this growth access to sport for lower income communities is on the decline.  New mega facilities are being developed at a rapid pace, yet fewer kids' are playing sports today than was the case 20 years ago.   This session will highlight these complexities  and provide practical and meaningful action steps that you can take to improve access to sport in your community.  

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