story by Claire Miller
Tom Farrey, executive director of the Aspen Institute’s Project Play, will be the featured speaker for the 3rd Annual Mike and Terry Metzler Distinguished Lecture, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 15, at 11 a.m.
He will give a presentation entitled, “How to Put the Youth Back in Youth Sports.”
Farrey, a former ESPN journalist and author of “Game On: The All-American Race to Make Champions of Our Children,” focuses his work on improving the U.S. youth sports system – in particular, increasing participation and expanding opportunities for recreational youth sport. Farrey serves as executive director of Project Play, an initiative that helps stakeholders build healthy communities. The initiative’s reports and data have shaped the national conversation about the value of sports for children and the gaps facing vulnerable populations, and hundreds of organizations have used Project Play’s framework to introduce new programs, partnerships and grant funding to their communities.
In his presentation, Farrey will explain how youth sports became an industry designed by adults, for adults – and how we can put the voice and choice of children back into the delivery of activities.
The purpose of the Metzler Distinguished Lecture, founded by Georgia State retired faculty members Mike and Terry Metzler, is to feature scholarship, research, policy and programs that promote physical activity for healthy living.
The lecture will be held in a virtual format and registration is required. To register, visit https://bit.ly/MetzlerLecture2021.
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