Episode 43

Are We Leaving Behind Kids Who Can't Afford Sports?

Have youth sports become not a game of skill or athleticism, but a game of money?

Sometimes it might look that way. More parents than ever are encouraging their kids to pursue D-I scholarships, which means travel teams, new equipment, personal trainers...in short, lots of money. Where does that leave the kids whose parents can't afford all those resources?

Tom Farrey, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute's Sports and Society Program, joins the show to answer these questions and more. You might also know him as a reporter on ESPN's Outside the Lines, as the author of Game On: The All-American Race to Make Champions of Our Children, or as the founder of Project Play, a multi-stage effort to reimagine American youth sports that has identified eight strategies for the eight sectors that touch our children's lives. 

Tom gives us the inside scoop on some of the biggest economic issues in youth sports. Why is our definition of an athlete so narrow? Why are only 40% of kids today regularly active in team sports? Why won't parents let their kids have ownership over their own games?

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Release Date: Oct 08 2015