Annual program salutes national organizations for taking meaningful action for youth sports
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LOS ANGELES, Ca. — Today, the Webby Award-winning app MOJO was honored by the Aspen Institute’s Project Play initiative as a 2021 Project Play Champion in recognition of the organization’s commitment to bringing more magic to youth sports by empowering coaches, parents and athletes with world-class training resources. Project Play honors a select number of national organizations annually who are taking new, meaningful and specific actions consistent with Project Play’s strategies for youth sports.
Launched in 2013, the Aspen Institute’s Project Play develops, applies and shares knowledge that helps build healthy communities through sports. Project Play works with leading organizations to develop and share best practices and solutions to foster quality sports activity for all youth, regardless of zip code or ability.
Project Play Champions are recognized each year at the Project Play Summit, the nation’s premier annual gathering of leaders at the intersection of youth, sport and health. The 2021 Project Play Summit will be a virtual event on October 19-20 and you can learn more at as.pn/ppsummit.
“We are honored to join this year’s class of Project Play Champions, as we strive toward improving the youth sports experience for families everywhere,” said Ben Sherwood, CEO and founder of MOJO. “The Aspen Institute’s Project Play has set a new standard for youth sports, and MOJO is excited to meet those goals by making coaching less stressful, less time-consuming and more fun volunteer coaches everywhere.”
“We’re proud to highlight our 2021 Project Play Champions, exemplar organizations working to provide high-quality sport and play opportunities for young people across the country,” said Tom Farrey, Executive Director for the Aspen Institute’s Sports and Society Program. “Each organization’s commitment to a meaningful action aligned with our 8 Plays will both increase the quantity and quality of sport opportunities.”
MOJO is committed to helping families everywhere by providing the MOJO app for free to coaches so that they can deliver expert-backed, age appropriate practices to children across multiple sports. Any coach can download the free MOJO app on their mobile device and access short-form videos customized to age and skill level plus one-touch tools to plan fun and engaging practices. Since launching in February 2021, MOJO powers the practices of more than 20,000 teams from more than 500 organizations.
About Project Play
An initiative of the Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program, Project Play develops, applies and shares knowledge that helps stakeholders build healthy communities through sports. For more information, visit aspenprojectplay.org.
About The Aspen Institute
The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important challenges facing the United States and the world. For more information, visit aspeninstitute.org.
MOJO is on a mission to make youth sports more fun for everyone – one kid, one coach, one family at a time. Launched in early February 2021, MOJO is a robust digital platform that empowers parents who coach youth sports to bring world-class training to the largest pool of players in the world – kids aged 13 and under. MOJO believes that youth sports have the power to transform lives, not just for the kids on the field but the coaches and parents on the sidelines. MOJO is committed to equity, inclusion and helping to level the playing field for kids everywhere. For more information, visit www.mojo.sport.