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Sports Society Program

Sports Society Program

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TiTle iX and Beyond:
How Do we Get tHe Rest of ouR GiRls into tHe Game? 
May 31st, 2012 Washington, DC
 
Te Aspen Institute Sports and Society Program acknowledges the generous supporto the American Heart Association in making this symposium possible.
Research SupportPublic relations support
 
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ou may have noticed the headline earlier this month, that analysts working with theCenters or Disease Control and Prevention now orecast that 42 percent o Americansmay be obese by 2030 (up rom 36 percent in 2010) and that 11 percent could be se-verely obese. Te medical costs o obesity are extraordinary -- $147 billion a year, at the currentlevel. What role does the institution o sports play in addressing this national crisis, by creatingopportunities or physical activity or children and adults? Tis is a central question that we arebuilding conversations around with the Aspen Institute’s Sports & Society Program.So, I thank you or joining us today or what promises to be an exciting and catalytic dialogueabout conronting the barriers to sport participation that ace perhaps the most underservedpopulation in sports. Tat would be girls rom disadvantaged communities and homes, who,not coincidentally, get the least amount o exercise as well. More than our out o 10 AricanAmerican teenage girls, or instance, do not get even one hour o physical activity per week; theederal government recommends one hour
 per day
. Helping more girls all in love with sportsand develop health and tness patterns or lie is critical to the uture o the nation.We will continue the conversations about health and sports at the Aspen Ideas Festival inAspen, Colo., where rom June 27-30 the AIF will host or the rst time a sports track.Speakers will address such topics as the concussion crisis in ootball, college sports at acrossroads, and, as a prelude to the London Games, the role o the Olympic movement inthe U.S. Ten, at the Aspen Institute Children’s Forum rom July 22-24 in Aspen, where350 philanthropists and leaders in pediatric medicine will be asked to imagine a world inwhich the needs o children are put rst, I will moderate a session on the risks and benetso youth sports.Other Sports & Society programming will ollow, most notably a multi-day summit at theAspen Meadows resort in April 2013 that will present a deep-dive opportunity or 60 to 70key stakeholders to identiy opportunities to work together to get and keep more children ac-tive in sports. Invited guests to the Sport or All, Play or Lie Summit will include leaders romthe realms o sport, media, policy, academia and medicine. Te Institute has received a generousgrant rom the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to underwrite the event.We welcome your thoughts, as we acilitate perhaps the most important conversation in sports.
om FarreyDirector, Te Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program

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