About Project Play: Harlem


It all started when...

Dr. Vivek Murthy, then-Surgeon General of the United States, challenged leaders at the 2015 Project Play Summit to grow access to sport for youth across the nationand take the Project Play framework for action into communities as a tool to rally stakeholders.

East Harlem is the second model community initiative organized by the Aspen Institute's Sports & Society program, after Project Play: Baltimore. It is an effort in partnership with local leaders and is supported by the Harris Family Charitable Foundation, Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund and Mount Sinai Health Systems.

The focus of the effort will encompass the three-square mile span from 96th to 142nd street, with 5th Avenue to the West and the Harlem River to the East. To drive the effort, the partners and the Aspen Institute will:

  • Help stakeholders understand the State of Play for youth in the community through a custom report
  • Convene local leaders and youth to identify, develop, and sustain opportunities to grow access to sport
  • Recruit regional and national organizations to partner with local groups
  • Bring awareness of local innovations and successes in the community through public outreach
  • Share learnings that inspire other communities to mobilize leaders around growing access to sport

To learn more, check out our national Project Play initiative and stay updated on the progress of our first model community initiative in Baltimore.