2021 State of Play Report – Central Ohio

After a 13-month analysis of the greater Columbus area centered on Franklin County, we are excited to announce the State of Play Central Ohio Report is now complete! This report, released by the Sports & Society Program at the Aspen Institute, shows a divide based upon race and income in youth sports experiences for some children in Central Ohio. State of Play Central Ohio analyzes the state of youth sports in the region and offers recommendations to grow quality access to sports, physical activity and outdoor recreation for all children, regardless of race, gender, income or ability.



Special Thank You

The State of Play Central Ohio Report was made possible because of the partnership with Lindy Infante Foundation, The Columbus Foundation, Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, Columbus Youth Foundation, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and the Chris and Lori Holtmann Fund. 


The collaboration couldn’t be complete without the expertise and passion of the State of Play Central Ohio Advisory Group.

Dawn Anderson-Butcher, LiFEsports at Ohio State University                                                                  Boomer Schmidt, Columbus Recreation and Parks Foundation
Dan Sharpe, The Columbus Foundation                                                                                                      Dan Sharpe, The Columbus Foundation
Tony Collins,YMCA of Central Ohio                                                                                                               Jess Sparks, Girls on the Run of Central Ohio
Kathryn Dobbs, Columbus Blue Jackets                                                                                                      Dawn Stewart, Otterbein University Athletics
Sophia Fifner, Columbus Recreation and Parks Development                                                                 Morgen Wade, Columbus Recreation and Parks Department
Archie Griffin, Columbus Youth Foundation                                                                                              Danielle Ghiloni Walter, NICAA and Scotts Miracle-Gro
Sara Hinck, Girls on the Run                                                                                                                        Dante Washington, Columbus Crew SC
Stephanie Infante, Lindy Infante Foundation                                                                                           Doug Wolf, Boys and Girls Club of Central Ohio
Linda Logan, Greater Columbus Sports Commission
Dan Ross, formerly of Ohio High School Athletic Association