PCFSN Mtg (4) – 09.16.14: THEARC Dance Performance/Sports for All Roundtable

PCFSN Mtg (4) – 09.16.14: THEARC Dance Performance/Sports for All Roundtable


NEXT WE HAVE MISTY COPELAND, WHO IS GOING
TO INTRODUCE US TO SOME SPECIAL GUESTS.>>YES, THIS IS SUPER EXCITING.
AGAIN, I COULDN’T BE MORE PROUD TO REPRESENT DANCE, ESPECIALLY CLASSICAL BALLET, BEING
ON THIS COUNCIL AND JUST HOW MUCH IT’S JUST A VITAL PART I THINK OF US AS HUMAN BEINGS,
TO BE ABLE TO MOVE AND TO DO IT WITH SOMETHING THAT BRINGS US JOY.
AND JUST HOW MUCH IT AFFECTS YOU THROUGHOUT YOUR LIFE.
DANCERS ARE SOME OF THE BEST STUDENTS AND HAVE EXTREMELY SUCCESSFUL CAREERS, ONCE THEY
FINISH THEIR DANCE CAREERS, THEY DON’T EVEN GO ON TO BE PROFESSIONALS BECAUSE IT HAS I
THINK A COMBINATION OF UNDERSTANDING YOUR BODY AND NUTRITION AND MOVING AND IT GETS
YOU TO UNDERSTAND THE STRUCTURE OF DISCIPLINE AND GOES A LONG WAY.
WITH THAT SAID, I COULDN’T BE MORE EXCITED TO SPEAK ABOUT THE ARC, WHICH IS AN INCREDIBLE�
THERE THEY ARE. I’M SO EXCITED TO SEE THEM.
I MUST SHARE MY EXPERIENCE WITH THEM. THEY HAD ME HERE NOT TOO LONG AGO, HOSTING
BEFORE A BOOK EVENT. AND I’M� AS AN AFRICANAMERICAN WOMAN IN
THE BALLET WORLD, I UNDERSTAND THAT WE ARE REALLY LACKING IN DIVERSITY WHEN IT COMES
TO BALLET. SO WHEN I WAS BROUGHT TO THEARC, I WAS DRIVEN
INTO THIS PARKING LOT AND SAW THIS AMAZING BUILDING, AND TO KNOW IT WAS PROBABLY IN ONE
OF THE WORST NEIGHBORHOODS IN THE D.C. AREA, TO SEE THE COMMUNITY COME TOGETHER, SURROUNDED
BY CLASSICAL BALLET, TEARS STREAMED DOWN MY FACE, THIS IS MY MISSION, WHAT I WORKED SO
HARD FOR, TO DIVERSIFY BALLET. IT WAS INCREDIBLE TO WALK IN AND SEE THE DIVERSITY
THERE. SO THE WASHINGTON BALLET @THEARC PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLE IS AN AUDITIONED GROUP OF DANCERS THAT PERFORMS
IN THE GREATER D.C. COMMUNITY, YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN, HIGHLIGHTING THE DIVERSE TALENT.
SOUTHEAST CAMPUS WITH PERFORMANCES AS THE WHITE HOUSE, UNDER THE DIRECTION OF KATRINA
TOEWS, THEY WILL PERFORM FROM ACT ONE, GISELLE, ONE OF MY FAVORITE BALLETS, AND THE SECOND
WILL BE PARTY TIME, AND AFRICAN MODERN COREOGRAPHY CELEBRATING THE JOY AND EXUBERANCE MUCH A
COMMUNITY DANCING DAILY. JOIN ME IN WELCOMING THE WASHINGTON BALLET’S
THEARC PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLE. [APPLAUSE]
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>>WELL, THAT WAS GREAT. THAT WAS A GREAT ENDURANCE WORKOUT.
I’M BREATHING HARD JUST WATCHING YOU GUYS, YOU’RE AMAZING.
I WAS PROUD TO SEE GYMNASTICS IN THERE. LET’S GIVE THEM ANOTHER ROUND OF APPLAUSE.
WELL, NOW I HAVE THE PLEASURE OF INTRODUCING TOM FARREY, MODERATING THE SPORTS FOR ALL
ROUNDTABLE, FROM THE ASPEN INSTITUTE HE’S RESPONSIBLE FOR OVERSEEING THE PROJECT PLAY
REPORT WE AIMS TO REIMAGINE YOUTH SPORTS IN AMERICA.
TOM IS AN AN EMMY AWARDWINNING JOURNALIST FOR ESPN AND AUTHOR OF THE BOOK “GAME ON.”
HIS REPORTS APPEARED ON ESPN’S OUTSIDE THE LINES, SPORTS CENTER, E60, ABC WORLD NEWS
TONIGHT, AND GOOD MORNING AMERICA AS WELL AS THE SEATTLE TIMES, BUSINESS WEEK AND WASHINGTON
POST, A CONTRIBUTING WRITER AT ESPN, THE MAGAZINE AND ESPN.COM AND HIS WRITTEN WORK EARNED TOP
NATIONAL HONORS FROM THE WOMEN’S SPORTS FOUNDATION AND SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS.
HELP ME WELCOME TOM FARREY.>>THANKS, DOMINIQUE.
AFTER THAT LAST SHOW WE OUGHT TO CHANGE FOR THIS DANCE FOR ALL INSTEAD OF SPORT FOR ALL.
THERE’S A LOT OF EXERCISE. IT’S A GREAT PLEASURE, SUCH AN HONOR TO BE
WITH YOU AND SHELLIE, A HUGE CHAMPION OF OUR PROGRAM, BEEN THERE SINCE WE STARTED THIS
THING A COUPLE YEARS AGO. TO GIVE YOU MORE BACKGROUND, I WROTE A BOOK
A FEW YEARS AGO THAT TRIED TO TAKE MEASURE OF THE LANDSCAPE OF YOUTH SPORTS IN AMERICA
AND EXPLAIN HOW WE BECAME THE WORLD SPORTS SUPERPOWER AND ONE OF THE WORST OBESITY CRISES.
I DID A LECTURE TOUR, AT THE END PEOPLE WOULD SAY THAT’S GREAT BUT WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT IT?
HOW DO WE MAKE SPORT ACCESSIBLE TO ALL, MAKE SURE KIDS ARE RECEIVING TRUE HEALTH AND FITNESS
BENEFITS THAT LAST A LIFETIME? YOU KNOW, THE ASPEN INSTITUTE WAS A TERRIFIC
VENUE TO GET ALL OF THESE FOLKS TOGETHER, THE THOUGHT LEADERS, ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERS,
TO SHAPE THE CONVERSATION, IDENTIFY OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE TO ALIGN BEHIND, AND THEN BUILD
THIS MODEL OF SPORT FOR ALL, PLAY FOR LIFE. SO AFTER EIGHT OR NINE ROUNDTABLES, CONVENING
OF 300 LEADERS AND SUMMITS, ALLYSON FELIX IS WITH US HERE, SHE WAS AT THE ESPN TOWN
HALL WITH PRESIDENT CLINTON AND KOBE BRYANT IN FEBRUARY, JAYNE WAS WITH US AT AT THE ROUNDTABLE
AT GOOGLE. WHO ELSE?
MICHELLE WAS AT THE LAUNCH SUMMIT AND HAS BEEN AN INSPIRATION THROUGHOUT, AND SHELLIE
HAS BEEN TO A COUPLE THINGS AS WELL. WE HAVE SOME IDEAS TO EXPLORE.
IN JANUARY, WE’RE GOING TO PRODUCE A REPORT THAT’S ESSENTIALLY A PROPOSAL FOR A NATIONAL
STRATEGIC PLAN, ON HOW ALL STAKEHOLDERS FROM SPORT, HEALTH, PHILANTHROPY, BUSINESS INNOVATION
CAN PLUG INTO A PLAN THAT HAS EIGHT OR SO REAL OPPORTUNITIES TO BUILD THIS MODEL SPORT
FOR ALL, PLAY FOR LIFE, BECAUSE ALTHOUGH YOUTH SPORTS IN THIS COUNTRY SEEMS TO BE BIGGER
AND, YOU KNOW, BETTER THAN EVER BEFORE, THERE’S STILL A LOT OF KIDS LEFT BEHIND.
ONLY FOUR OUT OF TEN KIDS IN AMERICA BETWEEN THE AGES OF 6 AND 12 PLAY TEAM SPORTS ON A
REGULAR BASIS. THAT NUMBER IS DOWN FROM 44.5% JUST FIVE YEARS
AGO, IT’S TRENDING THE WRONG WAY. ADOLESCENTS WHO PLAY ARE FAR MORE LIKELY TO
BE ACTIVE IN THE ADULT YEARS. KIDS OF THIS GENERATION MIGHT LIVE NOT AS
LONG AS THEIR PARENTS FOR THE FIRST TIME. THERE’S A REAL ISSUE WE NEED TO WRESTLE WITH
HERE. WHAT I’D LIKE TO DO IS MOVE THE CONVERSATION
AROUND AND TALK ABOUT SOME OF THESE BIG OPPORTUNITIES THAT WE HAVE SURFACED THROUGH OUR CONVENING
OF LEADERS AND ENGAGE YOU ON YOUR THOUGHTS ON WHY THEY MIGHT BE VALID AND VALUABLE FROM
THEIR PERSPECTIVE. FIRST LET ME GO TO YOU, ANTHONY.
ONE OF THE IDEAS, IN YOUTH SPORTS, IT’S DRAWN UP BY PARENTS, DADS AND MOMS ON THE LOCAL
LITTLE LEAGUE BOARD OR SOCCER BOARD TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT’S GOING TO ENGAGE KIDS,
HIGH ATTRITION RATES, NO ONE BRINGS OF VOICE OF KIDS INTO THE CONVERSATION, HOW DO YOU
MAKE SPORTS A QUALITY EXPERIENCE FOR YOU? WHAT DO YOU WANT?
WHAT DO YOU NEED? SO, YOU KNOW, I’M INTERESTED IN GETTING YOUR
THOUGHTS ON HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO BRING THAT KID’S VOICE INTO THE DECISION MACHINE MAKING
STRUCTURE AROUND YOUTH SPORTS.>>I THINK IT’S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT BECAUSE
IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT YOU DO, IF THE KID’S NOT ENGAGED, IF THEY ARE NOT THE FRONTRUNNER,
THE ONE PUSHING IT, YOU WON’T GET ANYTHING OUT OF IT.
WHAT I’M SEEN IN MY SHORT VISITS TO THE SCHOOLS, IT’S THE HIGH ENERGY THINGS, MAINLY THE ADULTS
BEING ACTIVE AS WELL. THEY LIKE TO SEE THE ADULTS HAVE FUN.
THIS IS COOL. THIS IS FUN.
THIS IS EXCITING. SO FOR ME, I THINK IT’S JUST SOMETHING THAT
WE CAN ENGAGE IN WITH THE KIDS, NOT JUST US, ADULTS ON THE SIDELINES BUT ACTIVELY PARTICIPATING,
IT DRAWS THE YOUTH IN MORE AND EXCITES THEM.>>ONE OF THE UNDERSERVED POPULATION ALSO
IN YOUTH SPORTS WITH KIDS WITH PHYSICAL DISABILITIES, OTHERWISE A LOT OF PARENTS ESPECIALLY PEOPLE
WHO ARE DRAWING UP LOCAL RECREATION OPTIONS MIGHT STRUGGLE IN ENGAGING THE KIDS.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE ALONG THOSE LINES?>>I KNOW GROWING UP FOR ME, THE BIGGEST THING
MY MOM, SHE DID FOR ME, I WAS BORN MISSING MY LEG, SHE ALWAYS FOCUSED ON WHAT I COULD
DO, TAKE THE TIME TO DRAW UP PLANS LIKE A PUZZLE, TRIED TO FIGURE OUT WHAT I COULD DO
AND BRING THAT TO ME. LET’S TRY THIS.
AS FAR AS BEING ACTIVE, WHEN I WAS 5 YEARS OLD SHE TAUGHT ME HOW TO RIDE A BIKE, A SPECIAL
PLAN WITH A SPECIAL PEDAL, HELPED ME WITH MY BALANCE.
MAYBE KIDS FACING DISABILITIES, THE BEST THING IS GO TO THEIR PARENTS AND SAY, HEY, WHAT
ARE THEY CAPABLE OF AND HOW CAN WE STRUCTURE THIS TO FOCUS ON WHAT THEY CAN DO, NOT WHAT
THEY CAN’T DO. AND FOR ME, THAT REALLY HELPED BOOST MYSELF
CONFIDENCE AS A KID, JUST KNOWING THESE ARE THE THINGS I CAN DO AND I STARTED LOOKING
AT THINGS A DIFFERENT WAY, FOCUSING ON HOW CAN I DO THESE THINGS?
WHAT CAN I DO NEXT? I WANT TO KEEP MOVING, KEEP ACCOMPLISHING
CERTAIN THINGS SO IT HELPS BOOST CONFIDENCE OUTSIDE OF BEING ACTIVE, JUST IN THE CLASSROOM
AND OTHER THINGS.>>ANOTHER CHALLENGE WE HAVE IN THE YOUTH
SPORTS BASIS, THAT IS SO COMPETITION FOCUSED, SO WINNING FOCUSED, RIGHT?
WE PUT KIDS IN UNIFORMS AT 3, TRAVEL TEAMS AT 6 OR 7 AND OPERATE THE WEAK AND STRONG
AND SEND A MESSAGE TO KIDS, YOU’RE REALLY NOT PART OF THE STRUCTURE, AND COACHES GET
THE MESSAGE THEIR JOB IS TO WIN GAMES. ONE OF THE REAL OPPORTUNITIES PRESENTED THROUGH
PROJECT PLAY THAT THE U.S. OLYMPIC COMMITTEE EMBRACED AND ASKED GOVERNING BODIES TO ENDORSE
IS THIS IDEA OF DEVELOPMENT FIRST, RIGHT? PUTTING THE CHILD AT THE CENTER AND SAYING,
OKAY, HOW DO WE DEVELOP EACH INDIVIDUAL CHILD BASED ON WHAT IS AGE APPROPRIATE AND DEVELOPMENTALLY
APPROPRIATE. ALLISON, YOU’RE AN ELITE ATHLETE.
RIGHT? BUT YOU HAD AN INTERESTING PATHWAY TO OLYMPIC
GOLD. I MEAN, HOW IMPORTANT DO YOU THINK IT IS TO
MAKE YOUTH SPORTS AGE AND DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE?
>>I THINK IT’S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. THE RESEARCH SHOWS THERE HAS TO BE A POSITIVE
EXPERIENCE WITH PLAY AT AN EARLY AGE, AND IF THAT’S NOT THERE, IT’S NOT THERE THE CHILD
IS NOT GOING TO ENJOY IT. THE CULTURE IS SO DRIVEN BY AT AGE 3 WE HAVE
TO HAVE THEM� YOU KNOW, WHAT SPORT ARE THEY GOING TO PLAY, WHAT’S THE PLAN, WHERE CAN
WE SEND THEM AND HAVE IT FIGURED OUT. I HAD
A NORMAL CHILDHOOD UPBRINGING, INVOLVED IN
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES. PLAYING IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD.
AND I WAS IN KIND OF A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING. I DIDN’T REALLY FIND MY SPORT UNTIL A LATER
AGE, IN HIGH SCHOOL, AND IT STILL WORKED OUT FOR ME.
I THINK IT WAS BECAUSE I WAS EXPOSED TO SO MUCH, I HAD A LOT OF VARIETY AND GOT TO FIGURE
OUT WHAT WAS FUN FOR ME, AND I THINK THAT’S OKAY.
I THINK THAT IT DOESN’T EVEN HAVE TO BE ABOUT SPORT, IT HAS TO BE ABOUT EXERCISING WITH
FAMILY AND FRIENDS, AND JUST A LIFESTYLE. IT’S ABOUT LEARNING THAT LIFESTYLE AT A YOUNG
AGE SO CHILDREN CAN CONTINUE ON AS THEY ARE GROWING UP AND ALSO PASS IT ON TO THE NEXT
GENERATION AND SO I THINK IT’S DEFINITELY OKAY TO NOT KNOW AT A VERY YOUNG AGE, YOU
KNOW, WHICH DIRECTION YOU’RE GOING TO, IT’S ABOUT THE POSITIVE EARLY EXPERIENCES.
>>UHHUH, GOTCHA. LET ME ASK YOU, CURTIS, ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY
THAT HAS SURFACED IS THE IDEA OF TRAINING ALL COACHES, RIGHT?
SO WE’VE HELD A ROUNDTABLE IN COLORADO SPRINGS, GOT THE TOP COACHING LEADERS TOGETHER AND
SAID, OKAY, IF 6.5�MILLION COACHES OF KIDS 14 AND UNDER IN THIS COUNTRY, MOST OF THEM
ARE NOT TRAINED IN KEY COMPETENCIES, WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT ONES IF YOU’RE GOING
TO ENGAGE KIDS? WHAT EMERGED, TRAINING IN GENERAL PHILOSOPHY.
WHAT’S THE BIG PICTURE, WHAT ARE WE TRYING TO DO WITH KIDS, RIGHT?
IS IT TO WIN THE GAME FRIDAY OR DEVELOP KIDS WHO ARE GOING TO BE ACTIVE FOR LIFE AND HOW
DO YOU COMMUNICATE WITH KIDS? THE OTHER ONE WOULD BE SAFETY.
EMOTIONAL, PHYSICAL FORMS OF SAFETY. THE THIRD SKILLS AND TACTICS, IF A COACH CAN’T
TEACH A KID HOW TO KICK A BALL THE PROPER WAY, OR OTHERWISE, THEY ARE NOT GOING TO GET
BETTER AND ARE NOT GOING TO FEEL THE POSITIVE BENEFITS FROM IMPROVING WITHIN THE SPORT.
SO I MEAN THIS IS A NATION THAT HAS NOT PRIORITIZED THE TRAINING OF COACHES UNLIKE IN EUROPE AND
AUSTRALIA AND OTHER PLACES. SO, CURTIS, HOW IMPORTANT DO YOU THINK IT
IS THAT COACHES BE TRAINED IN THE KEY COMPETENCIES TO WORK WITH KIDS?
>>WELL, I THINK THE STARTING POINT, YOU WANT TO TELL THEM, FIRST OF ALL, THE SKILLS, IT’S
ABOUT LIFE. IT’S NOT ABOUT WINNING, BUT IT’S ABOUT DEVELOPING
AND BEING ABLE TO TEACH THEM THE RIGHT SKILLS AND THE TEAM, TO WORK TOGETHER, WORK WITH
THE TEAMMATES, COMMUNICATION, AND VALUE THE COACHES, THEY FOCUS MORE ON WINNING WHEN THEY
SHOULD BE FOCUS MORE ON DEVELOPING EACH PERSON’S SKILL, TECHNIQUE, HELPING THEM BUILD SELF
CONFIDENCE, TEACHING THEM TO COMMUNICATE, WORK TOGETHER AS A TEAM, AND I KNOW VALUABLE
COACHES ARE KNOWLEDGEABLE, YOU MAYBE HAVE THEM TAKE A COURSE, CLASSES, TO BE ABLE TO
TEACH THEM THE BASIC THINGS, HOW TO TEACH THE PLAYERS THE RIGHT SKILLS, HOW TO DEVELOP
A COMFORTABLE ENVIRONMENT WHERE THE KIDS WILL BE MORE RECEPTIVE TO THE COACHES, WANTING
TO DEVELOP AND HAVE FUN. I KNOW THAT A LOT OF COACHES.
>>WELL, THANKS. MICHELLE, YOU HAD A COACH OR TWO ALONG THE
WAY. WHEN YOU WERE A KID, WHAT TYPE OF COACH REALLY
MATTERED THE MOST TO YOU? WHAT TYPE OF SKILLS DID THEY BRING THAT HELPED
YOU BRING OUT THE BEST IN YOU?>>WELL, TOM, I’VE HAD MANY, MANY COACHES,
AS YOU MENTIONED. CHOREOGRAPHERS, TRAINERS, PEOPLE WHO HELPED
ME ALONG THE WAY, AND I THINK COACHES THAT HAVE BEEN STRONG AND INSPIRING, FOCUSED ON
DETAIL, BUT ALWAYS FOCUSED ON HOW TO BEST IMPROVE YOU AS OPPOSED TO LET’S LOOK AT THE
COMPETITION AND COMPARE YOU AND OTHERS. AND I THINK IN A SPORT LIKE FIGURE SKATING,
WHERE THEY EMPHASIZE A LOT ON RIVALRY AS OPPOSED TO DOING YOUR BEST, I AM VERY COMPETITIVE
IN NATURE, BUT I NEVER COMPARED MYSELF WITH ANYBODY ELSE.
AND I THINK THAT SURPRISES A LOT OF PEOPLE, BECAUSE THEY SEE IT ON TV AND IT’S ALWAYS
LIKE THIS PERSON AGAINST THIS RUSSIAN SKATER. TO ME IT WAS ABOUT DOING MY VERY BEST, AND
I THINK THE COACHES I HAD OVER THE YEARS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN TRYING TO IMPROVE ME AS OPPOSED
TO BEING LIKE HOW ARE YOU GOING TO BE THE BEST, BE NUMBER ONE.
>>THAT’S FASCINATING, RIGHT? BECAUSE WHAT YOU’RE GOING IS REDEFINING COMPETITION
AS OPPOSED TO WHAT OTHER PEOPLE SELL. DO YOU SEE A REAL OPPORTUNITY THERE IF WE
BEGIN TO HELP KIDS COMPETE WITH THEMSELVES AS OPPOSED TO SOME GAME WITH WINNER AND LOSER?
>>IN SOCIETY THERE’S THE GAME, IT SADDENS ME BECAUSE I THINK THERE’S TOO MUCH EMPHASIS
ON BEING NUMBER ONE, AS OPPOSED TO PARTICIPATION. I’M ON THE BOARD OF SPECIAL OLYMPICS INTERNATIONAL,
AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE ENCOURAGE IS PARTICIPATION FOR ALL.
WE HAVE LAUNCHED PROJECT UNIFY ACROSS SCHOOLS, IT’S THE IDEA OF PEOPLE WITH AND WITHOUT INTELLECTUAL
DISABILITIES PLAYING ON THE SAME TEAM. THE IDEA OF IF YOU’RE ON THE SAME TEAM, IF
YOU’RE WORKING TOGETHER, IT BRINGS ABOUT CHANGE AND SOCIAL INCLUSION, BUT THERE ARE JUST NATURAL
BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATION, LIKE TEAM WORK, IT’S ABOUT GOALSETTING, IT’S ABOUT LEARNING
HOW TO, YOU KNOW, TAKE A FALL ONCE IN A WHILE AND SOMETIMES TAKING A SPILL ON THE ICE IN
FRONT OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE, BUT LEARNING TO PICK YOURSELF BACK UP.
THOSE ARE THE THINGS WE HAVE ALL LEARNED THROUGH PARTICIPATING IN SPORTS AND THINGS THAT TRANSLATE
USUALLY OFF THE FIELD, OFF THE ICE, OUT OF THE BASKETBALL COURT OR WHEREVER IT MAY BE,
THINGS THAT YOU WILL SUCCEED IN LIFE THAT WAY.
>>JAYNE, YOU AND I ARE BOTH FROM SOUTH FLORIDA, WHICH IS KNOWN AS A SPORTS MECCA ITSELF, BUT
WE ALSO KNOW THERE ARE A LOT OF KIDS WHO ARE FROM VERY POOR HOMES.
YOU WORK WITH THOSE KIDS. IF YOU LOOK AT THE KIDS LEFT BEHIND IN SPORTS,
STATISTICALLY IT’S OFTEN THE LOW INCOME KID. SOCCER IS THE GAME OF LOW INCOME KIDS AROUND
THE WORLD BUT HERE IN THE U.S. IT’S THE GAME OF THE UPPER MIDDLE CLASS BECAUSE TO GET ON
THAT ROAD TO A COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP YOU HAVE TO GET THE PREMIER TEAM AND PRIVATE COACHING,
A LOT OF KIDS ARE LEFT BEHIND BY THE TRAVEL TEAM CULTURE, NOT THAT IT’S TRAVEL TEAM CULTURE
IS ALL BAD, BUT HOW IMPORTANT IS IT, DO YOU THINK, TO REVITALIZE LOCAL LEAGUES?
REMEMBER WHEN WE WERE KIDS, YOU KNOW, INTOWN LEAGUES, PLAYING WITH YOUR FRIENDS, IT’S AFFORDABLE,
IT’S NOT JUST AVAILABLE TO THE BEST ATHLETES. DO YOU SEE AN OPPORTUNITY THERE AND IF SO
HOW MUCH OF A PRIORITY SHOULD THAT BE?>>ABSOLUTELY.
I THINK CHILDREN FIRST OF ALL, WE GET TO TEACH THEM A PLETHORA OF ACTIVITIES AND SPORT THROUGH
PHYSICAL EDUCATION IN THE SCHOOLS. SO WE CAN FIND THE DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH AND
ENCOURAGE THEM TO PARTICIPATE IN SPORT. BUT AT THE LOCAL COMMUNITY, WE NEED TO MAKE
EQUITABLE ACCESS, DO AWAY WITH PAY TO PLAY IN SCHOOLS BECAUSE WE’RE DEVELOPING A CULTURE
ONLY THOSE THAT CAN AFFORD TO BE INVOLVED IN SPORT CAN BE INVOLVED IN SPORT.
YOU’RE RIGHT. WE NEED TO CUT THROUGH THE SOCIOECONOMIC FACTORS
THAT ARE DEBILITATING YOUTH GOING INTO MORE SPORT AND HAVE MORE PARKS, LEAGUES, MAKE IT
AFFORDABLE FOR EVERY CHILD AND THAT’S A GIVEN, THAT HAS TO HAPPEN.
>>ONE OF THE IDEAS THAT EMERGES, I WAS WATCHING THE LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES, MONE DAVIS
IN PHILADELPHIA, MOWING DOWN THE BOYS. WHY DO WE SEPARATE GIRLS AND BOYS AT AGE 6
AND 7, AND SEGREGATE THEM AND THEN ULTIMATELY A LOT OF THESE INTOWN REC LEAGUES WITHER AND
DIE WHEN KIDS ARE IN FIFTH AND SIXTH GRADE BECAUSE THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH BOYS OR GIRLS
TO SUSTAIN THEM. PHYSICALLY, KIDS DON’T GROW BEFORE PUBERTY,
BOYS AND GIRLS ARE PRETTY MUCH THE SAME. IS THERE AN ARGUMENT TO BE MADE THAT LET’S
CREATE MORE COED TYPE TEAMS UP THROUGH AGE 12 OR SO?
>>YOU KNOW, WE WANT CHILDREN TO PERFORM WHERE THEY ARE COMFORTABLE.
IT HAS TO BE AGE APPROPRIATE, DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE AND NOT TO JUST PUT THEM TOGETHER
BASED ON AGE BUT BASED ON WHEN WE GET TO SPORT, BASED ON ABILITIES.
AND WE DON’T WANT ANYBODY TO FAIL EITHER. SO WE DO WANT TO HAVE OPEN ACCESS.
BUT WE’RE DOING SOMETHING NOW WITH FLAG FOOTBALL ROLLED OUT BY THE NFL, WHERE WE’RE PUTTING
FLAG FOOTBALL IN THE SCHOOLS, EXPANDING WHAT WE HAVE, BUT IN MIAMI WE’RE MOVING A STEP
FURTHER AND WE’RE ADDING FLAG FOOTBALL AS A GIRLS VARSITY SPORT.
SO WE’RE ENCOURAGING MORE GIRLS TO PARTICIPATE IN WHAT’S NORMAL NONTRADITIONAL SPORTS.
THANK TO A ROUNDTABLE, FRIDAY WE HAVE A MEETING WITH CHRIS SNYDER AND PAUL ACKERMAN ROLLING
OUT A PARA OLYMPIC PROGRAM IN THE SCHOOLS. WE TALK ABOUT SPORT FOR ALL, WE WANT TO MAKE
SURE STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES HAVE THE ABILITY TO PROGRESS IN THEIR SPORTING FIELD AS WELL.
>>JASON, I WANT TO TURN TO YOU. A LOT OF US, WE ALL KNOW THE STORY OF TIGER
WOODS, YOU KNOW, A KID AND FATHER WERE VERY MUCH FOCUSED ON ONE SPORT GROWING UP.
A LOT OF FOLKS THOUGHT MAYBE THAT’S THE MODEL ON HOW YOU CREATE AND ELITE ATHLETE BUT THERE’S
RESEARCH THE U.S. OLYMPIC COMMITTEE HAS DONE AT OUR REQUEST LOOKING AT THE PATHWAY OF OLYMPIANS,
AND THEY HAVE ACTUALLY FOUND THAT A GREAT MAJORITY OF OLYMPIANS HAVE A MULTISPORT PATHWAY
INTO HIGH SCHOOL. I’M CURIOUS TO KNOW WHAT YOUR� YOU ENDED
UP FROM THE NBA, PLAYING ONE SPORT BUT DID YOU PLAY MULTIPLE SPORTS AS A KID?
AND IF SO, FOR HOW LONG AND WHAT WAS THE VALUE OF THAT?
>>YEAH, I HAVE A TWIN BROTHER, AND WE PLAYED A LOT OF DIFFERENT SPORTS GROWING UP.
NOW, OUR TEAMS WERE USUALLY PRETTY GOOD, BECAUSE THERE’S TWO OF US.
[ LAUGHTER ] BUT YEAH, WE PLAYED TENNIS, GOLF, SOCCER,
BASEBALL, FOOTBALL. EVERY SPORT GROWING UP, UNTIL AROUND THE EIGHTH
GRADE, EIGHTH OR NINTH GRADE WHEN WE FOCUSED IN ON BASKETBALL BECAUSE THAT WAS GOING TO
BE OUR BEST SHOT TO GET A DIVISION I SCHOLARSHIP AND ALLEVIATE A FINANCIAL BURDEN ON OUR PARENTS.
BUT UP TILL THAT POINT, I GAINED AN APPRECIATION AND LOVE UNTIL THIS DAY, YOU KNOW, AS MY BASKETBALL
CAREER STARTS TO WIND DOWN NOW MY TENNIS CAREER IS RAMPING BACK UP.
I’M IN THREE TENNIS LEAGUES, AND I PLAY IN ONE LEAGUE WHERE THE NEXT YOUNGEST INDIVIDUAL
IS PROBABLY 65. SO WE’RE LIKE IN SEMI RETIRED LEAGUE, BUT
THE GREAT THING ABOUT TENNIS, I MEAN, IT GETS YOU OUTSIDE, GETS YOU MOVING, KEEPS YOU ACTIVE,
AND, YOU KNOW, YOU CAN STILL HIT THE BALL, IF THE BALL IS COMING TO YOU, IT’S A LOT OF
FUN SO I REALLY THINK THAT APPRECIATION FOR DIFFERENT SPORTS, ESPECIALLY TEAM SPORTS,
THE VALUES THAT YOU LEARN, HAVING THE COMMON GOAL, SACRIFICING FOR THE TEAM.
SHELLIE TALKS ABOUT THAT NOW. SHE REFERS TO THIS COUNCIL AS A TEAM, WE HAVE
SO MANY GREAT INDIVIDUAL PIECES BUT WE’RE ALL MOVING TO THE ONE GOAL OF LIFESTYLE, HEALTHY
LIFESTYLE FOR ALL AMERICANS. SO, YEAH, APPRECIATE, LEARNED APPRECIATION,
DEFINITELY IMPORTANT.>>I’M SORRY, TOM.
YOU’RE TRYING TO GET TO OTHER QUESTIONS BUT I WOULD BE INTERESTED, AND I KNOW SOME OF
YOUR HISTORIES, BUT DID MOST OF YOU GROW UP PLAYING MULTIPLE SPORTS?
I KNOW CAITLIN, YOU SAID YOU DID AS WELL. AND ENDED UP IN ICE HOCKEY.
>>YEAH, I DID. I PLAYED A YEAR OF A DIVISION I LACROSSE IN
COLLEGE AS WELL. I WASN’T WILLING TO GIVE IT UP SO SOON.
>>ALL THE WAY THROUGH?>>YEAH, JUST TO ECHO WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING,
IT’S SO IMPORTANT TO HAVE OPPORTUNITY AND ACCESS.
AND I LOVE JAYNE, I LOVE THE IDEA OF FLAG FOOTBALL FOR GIRLS VARSITY SPORT BECAUSE I
THINK THERE ARE A LOT OF MISCONCEPTIONS. I GREW UP PLAYING ON ALLBOYS TEAMS, AND THAT
WAS FANTASTIC, THAT WAS GREAT FOR ME, BUT ONE SIZE FITS ALL IS NOT WHAT WE’RE GOING
FOR HERE. IT’S GOT TO BE SOMETHING THAT CAN FIT EVERYONE
GIVEN THE RIGHT OPPORTUNITY. IT’S A FANTASTIC IDEA DEVELOPMENTALLY, TO
ECHO WHAT CURTIS SAID, THAT’S SO RIGHT ON FOR ME.
BECAUSE BEING AN ATHLETE, ESPECIALLY A TEAM SPORT ATHLETE, THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSONS
I LEARNED WERE NOT ABOUT SHOOTING THE PUCK OR STICK HANDLING OR SKATING.
THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY ABOUT HOW I COULD CHALLENGE MYSELF AND THE BEST WAY TO RECOVER FROM DEFEAT,
THE DIGNITY I WOULD CARRY REGARDLESS OF THE OUTCOME OF THE GAME, AND I THINK THOSE ARE
SOME OF THE THINGS THAT COACHES, PARENTS TEND TO LOSE SIGHT OF, ESPECIALLY IN THIS RAT RACE
FOR SCHOLARSHIPS AND THOSE KINDS OF OPPORTUNITIES SO I LOVE THE CONVERSATIONS WE’VE BEEN HAVING
ABOUT GETTING COMMUNITIES AND PARENTS INVOLVED, EDUCATING COACHES AND MAKING SURE THE VALUES
ARE STILL VERY MUCH PUSHING THE WAYS IN WHICH WE ADAPT TO THINK ABOUT SPORTS AND FITNESS
AND THE COMING GENERATION.>>CORNELL, I THINK ONE OF THE CONCEPTS WE’RE
DEVELOPING WITHIN OUR PROGRAM IS ABOUT PHYSICAL LITERACY.
WE’RE TRYING TO DEFINE IT FOR THE U.S., IT’S A MOVEMENT THAT STARTED IN CANADA, ENGLAND,
A COUPLE OTHER COUNTRIES, TRYING TO COME UP WITH A DEFINITION HERE AND A SET OF ASKS FOR
DIFFERENT SECTORS. IT GOES BOND SPORTS.
ROUGHLY SPEAKING, THE PROFICIENCY TO MOVE WITHIN MULTIPLE ENVIRONMENTS AND TRANSFER
THOSE SKILLS INTO, WELL, ANY UP IN OF ACTIVITIES AS YOU GET OLDER.
>>WELL, I THINK PLAYING IN MULTIPLE SPORTS IS FABULOUS FOR THE OVERALL FITNESS OF�
IN TERMS OF YOUR DEVELOPMENT, BECAUSE WHEN YOU DO ONLY ONE THING YOU TRAIN THE BODY IN
ONE DIMENSION, IT BECOMES OVERTRAINED IN THAT AREA.
THE MULTIPLE THING ALLOWS THE BODY TO DEVELOP LIKE IT WAS MEANT TO, TO KIND OF WORK IN A
NATURAL MOVEMENT PATTERN. SO IT’S SO IMPORTANT TO DO DIFFERENT THINGS
AND SO ONE, YOU DON’T OVERTRAIN, BUT, TWO, THEN YOU’RE ABLE TO BE MORE BALANCED AND SO
IT’S JUST AN OVERALL TRAINING PERSPECTIVE. IT JUST REALLY TRAINS THE BODY SO MUCH BETTER
FROM THAT PERSPECTIVE. BUT I WAS THINKING ABOUT WHEN YOU WERE TALKING
ABOUT HOW DO WE GET MORE CHILDREN INVOLVED, WE TALKED ABOUT WE KNOW THE OVERCOMPETITION
KIND OF MODEL HAS NOT SERVED US A WELL BECAUSE NUMBERS ARE GOING DOWN.
WE HAVE TO FIND A WAY TO BE INCLUSIVE IN A WAY THAT IF YOU YOU PARTICIPATE, YOU WIN.
YOU’RE A WINNER BECAUSE YOU BEGIN. SOMEHOW WE HAVE TO HAVE THAT MODEL.
DEVELOPMENT IS SO IMPORTANT BUT PARTICIPATION, SOMEHOW WE HAVE TO FIND A WAY TO SAY BEING
IN THE SPORT MAKES YOU A WINNER. WE TALK ABOUT WHETHER THE COACHES ARE SO DRIVEN
TO WIN, WIN, WIN, ONE OF THE REASON KIDS STEP AWAY, THEY DON’T FEEL LIKE THEY CAN ADD TO
THE WINNING PROCESS AS OPPOSED TO THE WINNING PROCESS IS JUST TO BE MOVING AND BE INVOLVED.
I THINK WE NEED TO LOOK AT THAT MODEL AND I THINK PERSONALLY THAT WOULD HELP GREATLY
IN TERMS OF GETTING MORE KIDS ACTIVE.>>CAITLIN, I’M CURIOUS.
YOU PLAYED ICE HOCKEY WHICH IS EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE, AND THEREFORE A SMALL SEGMENT OF THE POPULATION
PAYS FOR IT. THE BEAUTY OF HOCKEY OR THE HISTORY, CREATIVITY
COMES FROM PONDS, WHICH COSTS ZERO. HOW DO WE BRING BACK A CULTURE OF CASUAL PLAY
WHERE KIDS ARE OUT THERE ON THEIR OWN, NOT EXPENSIVE PRIVATE COACHES, CAN WE BRING BACK
CASUAL PLAY AND IF SO HOW DO WE DO THAT?>>THERE HAVE BEEN A LOT OF GREAT DISCUSSIONS
ABOUT THIS ISSUE AND GREAT IDEAS CAME FROM JAYNE AND OTHERS WHO SUGGESTED CREATING MORE
TIME FOR KIDS DURING THE DAY TO HAVE A SAFE SPACE TO PARTICIPATE AND PLAY.
IT’S HUGELY IMPORTANT. KIDS STRUGGLE WITH NOT HAVING THE TYPE OF
ENVIRONMENT THAT IS CONDUCIVE TO A COMMUNITY ACTIVITY.
THAT’S SOMETHING THAT’S INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT, HOCKEY IS A VERY EXPENSIVE GAME, YOU’RE CORRECT.
IT DID START ON THE POND. THERE’S STILL OPPORTUNITIES OUT THERE BUT
THERE HAVE TO BE PARENTS, TEACHERS, MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY WILLING TO OVERSEE SOME OF
THIS BECAUSE THE WORLD HAS CHANGED A LITTLE BIT AND WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THE SPACES ARE
AVAILABLE FOR KIDS. THE SECOND THING I WOULD SAY IS I THINK WE
NEED TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX INCREASINGLY AND LOOK AT ALTERNATIVE ACTIVITIES, IT’S NOT
JUST ABOUT SPORTS TO BE COMPETING ON A TEAM, IT’S ABOUT SPORTS AND PARTICIPATION AS CORNELL
JUST MENTIONED TO GET KIDS ACTIVE AND TO BE PARTICIPATING IN A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE.
THEIR LIFESTYLE THAT THEY ARE GOING TO OWN FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES.
I WAS TALKING WITH MISTY EARLIER, AND I SAID, I THINK I MISSED MY CALLING.
DANCE. PROBABLY NOT TRUE.
[ LAUGHTER ] BUT THE WHOLE NOTION THAT NOW WE ARE INCLUDING
DANCE AS PART OF THIS DISCUSSION ON WHAT IT MEANS TO BE ATHLETIC IS CRUCIAL, IN MY MIND,
IN TALKING ABOUT HOW WE MOVE FORWARD. DIFFERENT KINDS OF ACTIVITIES THAT WEREN’T
NECESSARILY HISTORICALLY MAINSTREAM SPORTS, THEY HAVE GOT TO BE IN THAT CONVERSATION,
LIKE I SAID, IT’S NOT ONE SIZE FITS ALL. I THINK THAT CONVERSATION KEEPS DEVELOPING
AND THERE ALREADY MORE OPPORTUNITIES.>>UHHUH.
SO, MARK, YOU’VE DONE SOME WORK WITH THE ARMY IN TERMS OF BASIC TRAINING AND INJURY PREVENTION.
I WOULD BE CURIOUS TO GET YOUR PERSPECTIVE. ONE OF THE BARRIERS TO PARTICIPATION INCREASINGLY
IN YOUTH SPORTS ARE THE FEARS THAT PARENTS HAVE THAT THEIR CHILD MIGHT GET CONCUSSED.
WE’VE SEEN WHAT’S HAPPENING IN FOOTBALL, WE’VE SEEN WHAT’S HAPPENING IN HOCKEY.
SOME OF THESE COLLISION SPORTS, PARENTS ARE STARTING TO WONDER IS THIS REALLY GOING TO
PROMOTE HEALTH WITH MY CHILD IF THEY ARE BANGING HEADS AT 6, 8, 10, 12 YEARS OLD?
ANY LESSONS LEARNED FROM YOUR EXPERIENCE?>>YEAH, IT’S A GREAT QUESTION, TOM, AND WHAT
WE LEARNED IS WHEREAS CONCUSSIONS MAY BE THE STORY DU JOUR, WHAT EVERYONE IS FOCUSED ON,
IT’S A RELATIVELY SMALL PERCENTAGE OF THE ATHLETE.
IT’S MORE IMPORTANT IF YOU DON’T PLAY, IF YOU DON’T ACTIVATE, IF YOU DON’T HAVE PASSION
FOR SOME TYPE OF ACTIVITY, THERE ARE SO MANY OTHER THINGS THAT WILL COME UP LATER ON IN
LIFE, AND WHAT WE’RE SEEING AND WHAT WE SAW IN THE ARMY WAS JUST SOME� THE RESULTS OF
POOR ACTIVITY AND POOR NUTRITION, AT A YOUNGER AGE IN TERMS OF BONE GROWTH, EVEN POOR NUTRITION,
TEETH DECAY, ALL THE THINGS THAT ARE ASSOCIATED WITH AN ACTIVE AND NUTRITIOUS BODY HAVE BEGUN
TO FALL AWAY OVER THE LAST 30 YEARS. SO CONCUSSIONS MAY BE THE MOST ADVERTISED
INJURY, WHAT WE SAW IN THE MILITARY WERE AN UNBELIEVABLE SPIKE, AND MISTY AND CATIE AND
I WERE TALKING THIS MORNING, A SPIKE IN YOUNG PEOPLE HAVING STRESS FRACTURES THROUGHOUT
CRITICAL PARTS OF THEIR BODY, KNEE, HIP, ANKLES, AND I THINK UNLESS WE ADDRESS MORE PLAY, MORE
ACTIVITY, MORE INFORMAL AND LESS STANDARD PLAY, WE’RE GOING TO SEE, AS YOU STARTED YOUR
CONVERSATION WITH MORE AND MORE PROBLEMS WITH MORTALITY AT A YOUNGER AGE, AND IF WE DON’T
HAVE MORTALITY WE’RE GOING TO HAVE MULTIPLE TYPES OF INJURY IN YOUNGER AGE ADULTS KIND
OF PEOPLE, JASON WAS TALKING ABOUT THE YOUNG 65YEAROLD PLAYING TENNIS IN A COUPLE YEARS
THAT INDIVIDUAL IS NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO GET OUT ON THE TENNIS COURT BECAUSE OF THINGS
THAT HAPPENED AT A YOUNGER AGE.>>THIS ISSUE, THIS BROADER ISSUE THAT WE’RE
TALKING ABOUT HERE, HOW CRITICAL IS IT TO ADDRESS IT AND SOLVE IT AND MAKE SPORT MORE
ACCESSIBLE FOR THE SAKE OF NATIONAL SECURITY AND MILITARY
>>YEAH, WE STATED THIS, THIS IS ACTUALLY NOT JUST AN ATHLETIC OR HEALTH CONCERN, THIS
IS A NATIONAL SECURITY CONCERN. AND EVERYONE IS GOING TO SAY, OH, SOLDIERS
UP HERE ARE TALKING ABOUT FUTURE RECRUITMENT. THAT’S NOT THE CASE.
LESS THAN 1% OF OUR POPULATION GO INTO THE MILITARY FORCES TODAY.
THAT’S NOT THE ISSUE. IT’S THE ISSUE OF BEING ABLE TO BE MOTIVATED
TO DO THE THINGS YOU LOVE. I MEAN, THIS OLD GENERAL HAD TEARS IN HIS
EYES WATCHING THESE DANCERS UP HERE, BECAUSE YOU COULD LOOK AT THEIR FACES AND SEE THE
COMPLETE JOY IN SOME OF THE FACES, THE MOTIVATION FOR JUST BEING HAPPY, WHEREAS OTHERS YOU COULD
SEE THEIR FACES CONTORTED IN THE “I GOT TO GET THIS RIGHT.”
YOU KNOW, IT’S THE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF MOTIVATION THAT MICHELLE WAS TALKING ABOUT, WHY PEOPLE
DO THE THINGS THEY DO. WE HAVE TO OPEN UP AND ALLOW OTHERS TO UP
THE ABILITY TO PLAY, TO HAVE FUN. IF YOU WANT TO HAVE COMPETITION, IF YOU WANT
TO HAVE COMPETITION AT A HIGH LEVEL ALL THOSE THINGS ARE GOOD, BUT IT’S ACROSS THE BOARD.
IT’S THE SPECTRUM. IT’S JUST NOT THE HIGH LEVEL ELITE ATHLETE
THAT WE SHOULD BE CONCERNED ABOUT.>>DOMINIQUE, OBVIOUSLY YOU’RE IN GYMNASTICS,
A TERRIFIC SPORT, BUT THERE AREN’T ALWAYS GYMS NEARBY AND IT DOES COST A LOT OF MONEY.
SO I WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT THE INFRASTRUCTURE ISSUE HERE.
THE LAST SUMMER OLYMPICS WE HAD A CERTAIN GOLD MEDALIST WHO HAD TO MOVE TO IOWA TO BE
DEVELOPED. THAT’S AN ELITE ATHLETE, BUT LOCAL KIDS, CONNECTING
THEM TO NEARBY PARKS WHERE THEY CAN PURSUE A SPORT THEY CAN ENJOY OR BE GOOD AT.
WHAT’S THE STATUS? HOW WELL ARE WE DOING IN THAT SPACE RIGHT
NOW AND HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO PROVIDE THAT TYPE OF INFRASTRUCTURE?
>>WELL, THERE’S A GREAT DEAL OF BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS, AND THE Y I WOULD RECOMMEND.
IF SOMEONE IS PURSUING AN OLYMPIC DREAM AS GABBY DOUGLAS, THE BEST BET IS TO FIND THAT
FACILITY, BUT THE MAJORITY OF KIDS ARE NOT OLYMPIC ATHLETES OR POSSIBLY PROFESSIONAL
ATHLETES. I THINK THAT’S WHERE OUR COMMUNITY CENTERS
NEED TO BE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF A LOT MORE AND ALSO AS WE’VE ALWAYS TALKED ABOUT, THE IMPORTANCE
OF GETTING PHYSICAL EDUCATION BACK INTO THE SCHOOL SYSTEM WHERE KIDS CAN GET 60 MINUTES
OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY A DAY WHERE THERE’S FUN, A LOT OF PLAY, BUT I AM A STRONG ADVOCATE
OF PUSHING OUR KIDS, AND NOT THINKING THAT PARTICIPATION IS ENOUGH, BECAUSE MY BIGGEST
THING IS, YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU WALK, AS AN ADULT, WHEN YOU WALK IN FOR AN INTERVIEW SHOWING
UP IS NOT ENOUGH. YOU HAVE TO BE PREPARED.
YOU HAVE TO HAVE CERTAIN CHARACTERISTICS THAT ARE DESIRABLE, THAT’S GOING TO MAKE YOU EMPLOYEABLE
TO THAT EMPLOYEE, AND SO MY WHOLE THING IS, YES, WE’VE GOT TO GET OUR KIDS THROUGH THE
DOORS AND WE’VE GOT TO GET THEM PARTICIPATING, BUT WE HAVE TO� MY COACH WOULD SAY LIGHT
A FLAME UNDER THEM TO MAKE THEM WANT TO GIVE 110% AND MAYBE NOT COMPARE THEMSELVES TO PEOPLE
AROUND THEM BUT LOOKING AT THEMSELVES IN THE MIRROR AND SAYING, I GOT TO TRY HARDER.
I HAVE TO DO MORE. THE SCHOOLS, THE Y’S, THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB
MIGHT BE THE ENVIRONMENT TO GET THE FIRST STEP.
>>ARNE DUNCAN TALKED ABOUT ALL THIS SCHOOL SPACE, COMMUNITIES DON’T ALWAYS HAVE ACCESS
TO THEM. MAYBE WE NEED TO CREATE MORE SHARED USE AGREEMENTS.
DO YOU HAVE ANY THOUGHT ON THE IMPORTANCE OF SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES WORKING TOGETHER
COLLABORATIVELY? YOU KNOW, TO PROVIDE SPACES?
>>I DON’T KNOW WHY THEY WOULDN’T. I THINK RIGHT NOW THEY� I DON’T KNOW IF
IT’S BUDGET CONCERNS OR TEAMS WORKING TOGETHER BUT IT WOULD BE WISE TO GET REC CENTERS TO
WORK WITH SCHOOLS AND BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB AND THE Y’S, BECAUSE I’VE SPOKEN TO A NUMBER
OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHERS AT LOCAL D.C. SCHOOLS THAT SAY THAT THEY DON’T EVEN HAVE
GYMS. YOU KNOW, THEY HAVE USED AUDITORIUMS AS THEIR
P.E� THEIR SPACE FOR P.E., AND SO THAT’S A DISADVANTAGE TO OUR YOUTH.
SO IF THERE’S A LOCAL REC CENTER THAT’S RIGHT DOWN THE STREET, A BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OR
Y THAT HAS THAT SPACE FOR OUR KIDS TO ENJOY, THEN I THINK IT WOULD BE WISE FOR THEM TO
TEAM UP.>>HOW DO WE ENLARGE, THIS CAN GO TO ANYBODY
HERE, HOW DO WE GROW THE SET OF LEADERS AND SECTORS AND STAKEHOLDERS THAT CARE ABOUT THIS
ISSUE, WHO UNDERSTAND THE KID IN D.C. WHO DOESN’T HAVE A LOCAL PLACE TO RUN TRACK AND
THEY HAVE TO RUN THE HALLS OR WHATEVER IS ULTIMATELY GOING TO BE PROBABLY A DRAG ON
THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM WHICH HALF OF THE COSTS ARE PICKED UP BY THE PUBLIC, HOW DO WE CRACK
THAT NUT? ANYBODY?
ANYBODY THOUGHT ON THAT?>>I THINK THE FORUM WE HAD YESTERDAY WITH
A BUNCH OF SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS WHO ALL ARE GOING THROUGH THE CONSTRAINTS OF REDUCED
BUDGETS, LACK OF TIME, MORE KIDS, INSURANCE, ALL THE THINGS THAT ARE ASSOCIATED WITH REDUCING
THE AMOUNT OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN SCHOOL IS THE SAME TYPE OF FORUM.
AND I THINK SHELLIE AND THE TEAM IS TRYING TO DO THAT IN THE SAME WAY FOR ACTIVITY.
IT’S GOT TO BE� DON’T WING� YOU KNOW, SOMEBODY SMART ONCE TOLD ME YOU WRING YOUR
HANDS AND ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES AT THE SAME TIME.
THIS IS THE ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVE AND FINDING WAYS TO DO THINGS THAT DON’T COST MONEY, DON’T
HAVE INTERFERENCE. A LOT OF SMART IDEAS WOULD COME FROM KIDS
IF WE LET THEM ROLL WITH IT. LOOKING OUTSIDE THE BOUNDARIES OF FIXED SPORT
TO MAKE SURE IT’S FUN.>>MY HUSBAND IS A SCHOOL TEACHER.
THE OTHER DAY THEY WENT TO THE GREAT FALLS AREA AND HIKED BILLY GOAT A, A LOCAL TRAIL
THAT’S A GREAT WORKOUT, IF YOU’VE HIKED THE BOULDERS IN THE AREA, AND HE HAD A GOOD 60
OR SO BOYS SWEATING, HAVING A GREAT TIME. IT WAS FUN, IT WAS ALSO PRODUCTIVE.
>>ROBERT, YOU’RE AN EXPERT IN COMMUNICATIONS, AND GETTING PEOPLE TO THINK ABOUT THESE TOPICS.
SOCIETY, MORE BROADLY. DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE ON HOW TO GROW THE
SET OF PEOPLE WHO CARE ABOUT THIS ISSUE AND UNDERSTAND THE VALUE OF GETTING ALL KIDS 12
AND UNDER ACTIVE THROUGH SPORTS?>>WELL, MY PERSPECTIVE ON THIS IS AS A COLLEGE
ATHLETE, ALSO AS A YOUTH COACH, SO I’VE BEEN AROUND THIS ALL MY LIFE TOO.
I THINK THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WAS MENTIONED BUT I’D LIKE TO PUT A SPOTLIGHT
ON IT IS OUR PARENTS AND THEIR ROLE. IN MY EXPERIENCE, THERE ARE MANY PARENTS WHO
REALLY AREN’T FAMILIAR WITH WHAT IT IS TO HAVE THAT PERSPECTIVE OF AN ATHLETE, PARTICULARLY
A YOUNG ATHLETE WHO WANTS TO HAVE FUN. AND WANTS TO BE MOTIVATED AND PLAY WITH THEIR
KIDS, PLAY WITH THEIR FRIENDS. WE HAVE A RULE IN OUR TOWN WHERE IF YOU PLAY
ON THE TRAVEL TEAM, YOU MUST PLAY IN THE REC LEAGUE WITH EVERYBODY ELSE.
IT’S TERRIFIC BECAUSE AT THAT POINT, THERE REALLY ARE NO BOUNDARIES BETWEEN THOSE KIDS.
IT’S THE CLOSEST THEY GET THESE DAYS TO PLAYING A PICKUP GAME, THE WAY WE USED TO GO DOWN
TO THE PLAYGROUND. THEY DON’T DO THAT ANYMORE.
THEY ARE OVERSCHEDULED. THEY DON’T HAVE TIME TO DO THAT.
I THINK THAT PARENTS CAN BE SUCH A POSITIVE ROLE MODEL, OBVIOUSLY, BUT UNFORTUNATELY THEY
CAN BE A NEGATIVE TOO. THEY CAN IMPOSE THE PRESSURE.
FOR RATIONAL VALUES, TO GET
A COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP. WHEN THEY ARE 12 OR 13 THEY BLOSSOM.
I FEAR OF THE 12YEAROLDS WHO QUIT WHEN THEY WERE 8 AND DIDN’T HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY,
SO I THINK SOME OF THE EXTRAORDINARY ATHLETES AROUND THIS TABLE AND OTHERS COULD BE A REAL
ROLE MODEL THROUGH EDUCATION, AND COMMUNICATE TO PARENTS, AND REALLY EDUCATE THEM ABOUT
WHAT IT IS TO TRAIN OR TO BE A PARENT OF AN ATHLETE, WHETHER THAT’S AN ELITE ATHLETE,
YOU KNOW, GOD WILLING, OR WHETHER THAT’S JUST A KID WHO WANTS TO HAVE FUN.
>>FINALLY, SHELLIE, EVERYTHING WE’VE TALKED ABOUT HERE TODAY, WE DID A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT
THEMES AND AREAS OF OPPORTUNITY. THE LARGER FRAMEWORK IS REIMAGINING YOUTH
SPORTS TO SERVE INTERESTS OF ALL KIDS IN ALL COMMUNITIES.
IT’S BIG. IT’S VARIED.
IT’S AUDACIOUS. HOW IMPORTANT DO YOU SEE THAT WE, MEANING
ALL STAKEHOLDERS, FIGURE THIS OUT?>>YEAH, YEAH, YOU KNOW, YOU SAID IT EARLIER,
TOM. WE’VE BEEN THERE AT THE GETGO BECAUSE SPORTS
IS ONE OF OUR PILLARS. IT’S IN OUR NAME.
WE’VE DONE QUITE A BIT ON THE AREA OF FITNESS. WE’VE DELVED INTO NUTRITION.
BOTH FROM AN OBESITY STANDPOINT AND HUNGER STANDPOINT, ET CETERA.
BUT SPECIFICALLY, SPORTS IS AN AREA WHERE I THINK THAT WE CAN DIVE INTO DEEPER.
THAT’S WHY WE WANTED THIS ROUNDTABLE TO TAKE PLACE, TO GET YOUR OPINION, IS THAT A SPACE
WE SHOULD GO AND CERTAINLY WE’VE ENGAGED SOME OF YOU, BEEN ABLE TO ENGAGE SOME OF YOU IN
SOME OF THOSE ROUND TABLES. SO I’M GOING TO� AND BY THE WAY, SO I DON’T
FORGET, I KNOW RISA LAVIZZOMOUREY, COUNCIL MEMBER ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION IS A
SUPPORTER OF PROJECT PLAY. SHE’S IN CHICAGO TODAY SPEAKING TO THE SPORTS
AND FITNESS INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION, SO SHE BELIEVES THAT WE HAVE TO BE TOGETHER AND THAT PUBLIC
HEALTH AND SPORTS, THERE’S A CONNECTION THERE. SO IT ALL WEAVES TOGETHER.
THIS WHOLE NOTION THAT ACTIVE KIDS DO BETTER AND WHETHER THEY ARE ENGAGED IN SPORTS ENDEAVORS
OR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY OF SOME DEGREE, THAT ACTIVE KIDS DO BETTER.
THEY DO BETTER NOT ONLY FROM THEIR HEALTH BUT THEIR BEHAVIOR, THEIR SENSE OF TEAM, THEIR,
AS YOU SAID, DIGNITY, BEING ABLE TO PICK THEMSELVES UP, RESILIENCE, ACTIVE KIDS DO BETTER IN LIFE.
THAT’S BEEN OUR MANTRA FOR LET’S MOVE ACTIVE SCHOOLS, MANY OF US ARE INVOLVED WITH THE
DESIGN TO MOVE INITIATIVE, WHICH HAS OVER 70 ORGANIZATIONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD PARTICIPATING,
AND ALLISON MENTIONED EARLIER AND REPRESENTS NIKE AS PART OF THAT, OF THE DESIGN TO MOVE
PARTNERSHIP, THAT IT’S ABOUT CREATING THOSE EARLY CHILDHOOD OPPORTUNITIES TO BE ACTIVE,
AND IT’S CREATING THE PHYSICAL SPACE, CREATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR KIDS AND PEOPLE TO BE ACTIVE
EVERY DAY. THOSE ARE THE TWO THINGS THAT WE’RE COLLECTIVELY
LASER FOCUSED ON, EARLY POSITIVE EXPERIENCES AND EVERY DAY.
MAKE IT A PLACE WHERE KIDS ARE SAFE, THEY FEEL VALUED, THAT WE’RE INSTILL THE OPPORTUNITIES
TO BE HEALTHIER, MENTALLY EALLY HEALTHIER AND HAPPIER AND CAN BE VIVACIOUS ADULTS IN
WHATEVER ENDEAVORS WE ENGAGE IN, I WOULD ENCOURAGE US AS A COUNCIL TO CONTINUE TO STAY INVOLVED
AND I WOULD LOOK TO OUR COUNCIL MEMBERS TO GIVE ME DIRECTION AND OUR STAFF DIRECTION
ON, HEY, WE ABSOLUTELY WANT TO BE IN THIS SPACE AND WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO MOVE FORWARD.
>>THANKS, SHELLIE. I THINK WE HOPE OUR WORK MAKES A CONTRIBUTION
TO THE OVERALL CONVERSATION. WE’RE HERE TO HELP PEOPLE FIGURE OUT A PLAN
THAT EVERYBODY CAN PLUG INTO, BECAUSE THERE’S NO LACK OF MONEY IN YOUTH SPORTS.
THERE’S NO LACK OF INTEREST IN YOUTH SPORTS. IT’S ALL WORKING ACROSS PURPOSES.
SO THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET THE BUTTERFLIES MOVING IN THE SAME DIRECTION REALLY.
SO THE REPORT WILL BE OUT IN JANUARY. IF YOU WANT A COPY OF IT, COME TO THE� GO
TO THE ASPEN PROJECT WEBSITE, SIGN UP FOR THE NEWSLETTER AND FIND OUT ABOUT UPCOMING
EVENTS. FEBRUARY�25 AT THE MUSEUM WE’LL HAVE AN
ALLDAY ACTIVATION SUMMIT. PEOPLE WILL HAVE HAD THE REPORT FOR A MONTH.
OKAY, WHO IS GOING TO ACT ON WHAT AND MAKE THIS REAL.
IT’S A TERRIFIC OPPORTUNITY, I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO ENGAGE.
>>TOM, SHELLIE, I’M SORRY, MAY I ADD A POINT. I THINK WE WOULD BE REMISS NOT TO TALK ABOUT
THE ISSUE THAT’S BEEN SO CAPTIVATING IN THE LAST WEEK OR SO, WITH THE RAY RICE VIDEO.
AND I THINK THAT WE’VE SEEN THE HORRIFIC VIDEO AND WE ALL KNOW THE FACT THAT IT’S NOT JUST
LIMITED TO PROFESSIONAL SPORTS. WE’VE SEEN JUST RECENTLY THE INCIDENT AT FLORIDA
STATE. WE’VE READ OVER THE SUMMER ABOUT HE INCIDENT
AT HOBART COLLEGE AND REMEMBER THE STEUBENVILLE, OHIO, SITUATION THAT OCCURRED THERE.
AND WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THE MALE CULTURE OF SPORTS, PARTICULARLY THOSE SPORTS LIKE I PLAYED
IN COLLEGE, FOOTBALL, BUT OTHERS, THAT CREATE A CULTURE THAT IS� THAT CAN BE VERY NEGATIVE
TOWARDS GIRLS AND WOMEN. AND I THINK WE ALL KNOW IT, THAT IT EXISTS,
AND REQUIRES LEADERSHIP. THERE’S SOME TERRIFIC PEOPLE OUT THERE, NONPROFITS,
COACHES, ACADEMICS, I THINK OUR SCIENCE GROUP MAY HAVE SOMETHING TO ADD TO THIS CONVERSATION.
BUT IN ORDER TO MODEL GOOD BEHAVIOR, IT’S GOT TO BEGIN EARLY.
AND WE’VE GOT TO GET TO SOME OF THOSE YOUNG BOYS AND TEENS AND EXPLAIN TO THEM THAT THAT’S
OBVIOUSLY NOT THE RIGHT WAY TO BEHAVE. SO I WOULD URGE US TO PUT THAT ON OUR AGENDA
AND ON THE COLLABORATIVE AGENDA THAT WE’RE WORKING WITH YOU.
>>I WONDER IF COED TEAMS MIGHT HELP. IF YOU’RE PLAYING WITH GIRLS, AND YOU’RE SEEING
THEM AS EQUALS, AND YOU’RE� MAYBE THERE’S A REAL OPPORTUNITY THERE.
>>I JUST THINK THAT’S SO ESSENTIAL. I’M GLAD YOU BROUGHT THAT UP.
THAT’S THE QUESTION I WANTED TO ASK, AND WE TALKED ABOUT HAVING THOSE TEAMS AND DEVELOPING
TOGETHER. THERE HAVE BEEN SOME PEOPLE THAT LOOKED AT
THIS, BUT WE NEED TO LOOK AT IT MORE IN DEPTH TO FIND OUT THE VALUE THAT WE REALLY GET FROM
BOYS AND GIRLS PLAYING TOGETHER AT THOSE YOUNG AGES.
BECAUSE WE FOUND WHEN BOYS AND GIRLS ARE ON THE SAME TEAM, BOYS BEGIN TO RESPECT GIRLS
IN A DIFFERENT WAY BECAUSE THEN THEY BEGIN TO SEE THEM AS EQUALS.
AND WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THIS PROBLEM THAT WE’RE HAVING IN OUR OVERALL SOCIETY, SO THEN WE
HAVE A HUGE ISSUE AND IF WE CAN USE SPORT AND WE CAN USE PLAY TO HELP TO CHANGE THE
WAY THAT BOYS LOOK AT GIRLS AND GIRLS LOOK AT BOYS AND THE WAY THEY RELATE TO EACH OTHER,
THAT’S SOMETHING WE CAN’T WALK AWAY FROM. I THINK THAT’S AS KEY AS EVERYTHING ELSE THAT
WE TALK ABOUT IN TERMS OF THE BENEFITS FROM THIS HEALTHY LIFE.
WE’RE TALKING ABOUT AN OVERALL HEALTHY LIFE. SO IT’S JUST SO ESSENTIAL THAT BOYS BEGIN
TO LOOK AT THE WHOLE MONE DAVIS THINGS AND THAT’S AN EXCEPTION BUT THEY VALUED HER.
THAT CHANGES AT SOME LEVEL BUT BECAUSE BEFORE PUBERTY THEY ARE SO MUCH MORE EQUAL IT BEGINS
TO TEACH THEM TO DEAL WITH EACH OTHER AS EQUALS AND WE JUST REALLY NEED TO DO MORE� LOOK
AT THAT MORE AND SEE WHAT THAT CAN DO IN TERMS OF OUR OVERALL SOCIETY.
>>AND THIS DISCUSSION SO TIMELY BECAUSE OF OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH AWESOME WOMEN’S HEALTH
THAT I MENTIONED. THEY HAVE AGREED TO FUND A TWOYEAR PROJECT
AND WE’RE FRAMING THAT UP NOW. WITH YOUR PERMISSION, WE’LL BE HAPPY AND WE’LL
WORK WITH OUR SCIENCE BOARD AND OTHERS TO REALLY KIND OF HONE IN ON SOME OF THOSE ISSUES
YOU MENTIONED. DOES THAT SOUND LIKE THE RIGHT THING TO DO?
EXCELLENT.>>GOOD FOR ME.
THANK YOU TO SHELLIE, DOMINIQUE, TO THE ENTIRE COUNCIL.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION OR DIAL IN TO WHAT WE’RE GOING HERE CHECK US OUT ON
TWITTER AND THE WEBSITE.>>THANK YOU, TOM.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE RELEASE OF PROJECT PLAY.

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