Project aims to create quality youth sports programs in Baltimore – Baltimore Sun

A three-year initiative is underway in Baltimore to transform the state of youth athletics by studying the quality and accessibility of programs, directing teams to available facilities and connecting kids with the sports they’re most interested in.

Project Play — a partnership between Under Armour and the Washington-based Aspen Institute — aims to use Baltimore as a laboratory to guide other cities in the development of programs that help urban youths stay fit and engaged.

Keney Davis, 16, learned the importance last year of picking the right sport. She said playing soccer and tennis drew out her aggression, but she found peace and motivation in the pool as a member of the Paul Laurence Dunbar High School swim team. Davis found she could channel those feelings to other parts of her life.

If Project Play can help other young people experience the same satisfaction by participating in the sport best suited to their personalities, Keney said it could lead to big results for Baltimore.


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