Inclusion in Every Play

April 10, 2015
Allison Hoit

On February 24, 2015, the Commit to Inclusion campaign was highlighted at the “Inclusion in Every Play” bridge event between the National Physical Activity Plan Congress and the Aspen Institute’s Project Play Summit held at the Newseum in Washington, DC.  The evening included a featured conversation on the importance of committing to inclusionary policies and practices in sports and physical activity, moderated by Shellie Pfohl, executive director of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN). Panelists included Bob Lujano, Paralympic athlete; Callan Chythlook-Sifsof, Olympic snowboarder; and Dr. Jayne Greenberg, Miami-Dade District Director of Physical Education and President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition Council Member.

The evening began with opening remarks from Tom Farrey, Executive Director, Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program followed by a brief speech from Jeff Underwood, CEO, Lakeshore Foundation.  Shellie Pfohl lead moderation of the panel provoking discussion of the need for inclusion in sports and physical activity.  Key quotes from the evening included:

“Creating a culture of health also means creating a culture of inclusion.” -Shellie Pfohl

“Inclusion means actively combating bias in sport.” -Callan Chythlook-Sifsof

“Through an inclusive environment in physical activity and sport, we can create a yes you can approach.” -Jeff Underwood

“Acceptance must be taught through education.” – Dr. Jayne Greenberg

The Commit to Inclusion team engaged event attendees in talking about what #InclusionMeans.  Watch the short videos on Instagram at @committoinclusion.

To see more updates from social media go to: @InclusionMeans on Twitter or the hashtags #InclusionMeans and #ProjectPlay.  Also go to @FitnessGov and @AspenInstSports on Twitter.

Video recap of the “Inclusion in Every Play” VIP Reception and Project Play Summit:

Below are photos from the “Inclusion in Every Play” VIP Reception:

The following groups helped to make this event possible: Lakeshore Foundation, World Sports Institute, American College of Sports Medicine, the NPAP, the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA, the PCFSN, and Whistle Sports.

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