Huddle Up For Harlem's Kids


Project Play is looking for organizations committed to making quality sport opportunities accessible to all children in all communities. We will recognize select organizations that model and take exemplary actions consistent with the goals and strategies of Project Play. Project Play

Champions will receive:

  • Recognition as an exemplary organization on the our website, other communications, and at the Project Play Summit

  • Priority registration for the annual Project Play Summit

  • Use of the Project Play Champion logo in the organization's marketing materials, as approved by the Aspen Institute


State of Play: Harlem Release

On April 17, we released State of Play: Harlem, an in-depth report assessing the current state of play for kids and sports in East Harlem. The report includes results from a survey of more than 1,500 local youth, and analyzes the challenges East Harlem youth face in accessing quality sport opportunities. Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13), whose district represents Harlem, commended Project Play for this report saying, "It’s important that we continue to create new programs and partnerships that work collectively to invest in our communities through sports engagement and opportunities that promote teamwork and physical activities for our youth. Making a difference in the life of our kids through sports and sports activities, makes a difference in our entire community.”


Project Play: Harlem Youth Voices

Rule number one to get kids active through sports: Ask Kids What They Want. Who better to know their experiences than kids themselves? To mobilize around growing the quality and quantity of youth sports in East Harlem, youth must have a platform for their voices to be heard as a part of the decision-making process. Read our highlighted youth stories in Project Play: Harlem's Features.


Project Play: Harlem Huddle

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On Jan. 23 the Aspen Institute convened local leaders and youth at the Project Play: Harlem Huddle to consider ways the community can work together to grow the quality and quantity of sport options for East Harlem youth. Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-D), whose district represents East Harlem, gave an inspiring keynote address to kick-off the event. Espaillat serves on the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and the House Select Committee on Small Business. Huddle participants received a draft of State of Play: Harlem, an upcoming report that includes results from a survey we conducted of more than 1,500 local youth.

“You have built a powerful roadmap.”

— FORMER U.S. Surgeon general VIVEK MURTHY


How to Get Involved

Step One for us is capturing the State of Play in East Harlem through an exclusive report, published by the Aspen Institute April 17, 2018. If you serve children in the area, please share your knowledge and experience in the following survey:

Step Two is convening local stakeholders to share our findings with you, identify opportunities to fill gaps, and connect community organizations with potential partners. Please fill out the following form to stay in touch with us:

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