Cunningham Works to Address Inequities in Sports for Youth

Written by: CEHD Communications Staff
Post date: January 27, 2014

George Cunningham, professor in Sport Management and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Education and Human Development, recently worked with researchers from at the University of Florida to develop a research brief entitled "Sport Participation Rates Among Underserved American Youth."

This report was presented as part of a round table discussion at The Aspen’s Institute’s Project Play earlier this month. One of the goals is to find out what needs to be done in low-income and other communities that lack trained volunteers for sports activities. Other issues considered were the needs of physically and intellectually challenged youth and the needs for a sports model to serve their needs.

Featured participants of the round table discussion included golfer Gary Player (founder of the Player Foundation, which serves disadvantaged children), Anita DeFrantz (CEO of the LA84 Foundation), Crystal Echohawk (Notah Begay Foundation), Janet Froetscher (CEO of the Special Olympics), Marj Snyder (research director for the Women's Sports Foundation) and Jill Vialet (CEO, Playworks).

Nike and the Clinton Health Matters Initiative served as supporting partners.