About Project Play: Baltimore


It all started when...

the former Surgeon General of the United States, Dr. Vivek Murthy, challenged leaders at the 2015 Project Play Summit to grow access to sport for youth across the nation -- and partner with communities to use the Project Play framework for action to rally stakeholders.

Baltimore is the first model community initiative organized by the Aspen Institute's Project Play team. Supported by Under Armour,  it is a bold experiment designed to serve and inspire Baltimore's communities. The UA House, a newly revitalized community center on Fayette Street, serves as the hub for the initiative.

The project’s initial three-year focus will be on East Baltimore, specifically a two-square mile area that is home to 19 schools and approximately 12,000 children. To facilitate the effort, the Aspen Institute and Under Armour will:

  • Help stakeholders understand the State of Play for youth in the community through a custom report (read)
  • 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

We want nothing more than to help Baltimore tell the next great story in its sports history, with the engagement of motivated leaders and organizations. 


Project Play: Baltimore Impact

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At the 2017 Project Play Summit, the National Fitness Foundation (NFF) announced a commitment to support Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS) physical education programs with training and up to $50,000 in grants. The only congressionally chartered nonprofit focused on health and fitness, NFF partnered with BCPS to host a Presidential Youth Fitness Program training on January 26, 2018. More than 40 PE teachers across the district benefited from the full day of interactive learning.

Read more on fitness.foundation.


USA Field Hockey teamed up with the Living Classrooms Foundation (LCF) and other local leaders to host a Learn to Play Clinic for youth at the UA House. More than 100 youth participated in the March 14 clinic, which ended with USA Field Hockey donating goals, mouth guards, shin guards, balls, and 80+ sticks to LCF. USA Field Hockey will host a summer camp at Patterson Park UTZ Field in June and support Living Classrooms' launch of field hockey programming in the fall.

Read more on USAfieldhockey.com

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USA Swimming Foundation and Baltimore City Recreation and Parks (BCRP) collaborated to host the Make a Splash Tour in Baltimore on June 2 at Druid Hill Park Pool. The tour spreads the lifesaving message of learn-to-swim and water safety skills to youth. Olympic gold medalist Cullen Jones joined more than 30 youth in the learn-to-swim session. USA Swimming Foundation awarded BCRP with a $2,500 check to support their discounted learn-to-swim program. Additionally, BCRP is now a Make a Splash Local Partner, making them eligible for grants up to $15,000 to support their swimming needs.

Read more on USAswimmingfoundation.org.