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Congressman Espaillat Kicks off the Aspen Institute’s “Project Play: Huddle Up for Harlem”

Do you believe in an East Harlem in which all kids have the opportunity to be active through sports?

On January 23, 2018, the Aspen Institute, nonprofit youth development and sports organizations, local leaders, and youth convened at the Project Play: Harlem Huddle to chart a path forward for increasing access and equity and building healthy kids through sport.

Participants got a sneak preview of the forthcoming report, State of Play: Harlem. The first research of its kind in East Harlem, the report identifies key strengths and areas of opportunities to get local youth more active through sport.

US Congressman Adriano Espaillat served as the keynote speaker, Representative Espaillat serves Harlem, Washington Heights, Inwood and parts of western Bronx.  He spoke of the importance of sports in communities, and how economic and other barriers limit opportunities.

Project Play Harlem was initiated by the Aspen Institute as part of the national initiative, Project Play  The Institute started Project Play four years ago by conducting research, identifying impediments, and developing a national framework for action to make sport affordable and accessible to all children – regardless of zip code or ability.

Aspen Institute's Project Play Harlem is supported by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, Mount Sinai Health System, and Harris Family Charitable Foundation.