COLUMBUS, OHIO (September 20, 2019) – During the Aspen Institute’s annual Project Play Summit in Detroit, the Lindy Infante Foundation announced its involvement in a partnership aimed at researching ways to increase access to youth sports in Central Ohio.

The Project Play Summit is the nation’s premier gathering of leaders in youth sports. In 2018, the Columbus-based Lindy Infante Foundation was one of a small group of organizations across the country named as a Project Play Champion for taking meaningful actions to address the declining rates of participation.

This year, the Lindy Infante Foundation has joined The Columbus Foundation, The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, The Columbus Youth Foundation, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Chris and Lori Holtmann Foundation Fund in commissioning a report that will offer recommendations on how to grow access to youth sports for all children.

The report, titled “The State of Play in Central Ohio,” will feature a 10-month analysis of how well the region is serving youth through sports – regardless of zip code or ability. Guided by a task force of local leaders, it will feature results from a survey of Central Ohio youth. It will present findings on strengths and weaknesses in youth sports access, and it will offer recommendations on opportunities for opening doors to participation.

The report will be released at the 2020 Project Play Summit and will be made available in the Fall of 2020. “Having a better understanding of youth sports and recreation in Central Ohio will have an important impact on directing grant-making, affecting collaboration among youth-serving organizations – and can even better inform civic priorities,” said Dan Sharpe, Vice President for Community Research and Grants Management at The Columbus Foundation.

The mission of the Lindy Infante Foundation is to improve access to youth sports by covering the costs of participation for those in need. They partner with numerous like-minded donors and organizations to accomplish that mission. They put 100% of all funds raised into youth sports participation.

About the Aspen Institute & The Columbus Foundation.

The Aspen Institute is a non-partisan forum for the exchange of ideas. Aspen Institute Experts are leaders in their fields, bringing a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives all aimed at doing the most good for the greatest number of people.

The Columbus Foundation serves nearly 3,000 individuals, families and businesses that have created unique funds and planned gifts to make a difference in the lives of others through the most effective philanthropy possible. It is one of the top 10 largest community foundations in the United States.