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2014 LA84 Summit in Review: Reforming Youth Sport

More than 100 esteemed sports leaders from Los Angeles and throughout the country gathered on October 9 for the 2014 LA84 Summit held on the beautiful grounds of the LA84 Foundation in Los Angeles.

The LA84 Foundation welcomed various guest speakers who have made an influential impact on youth sports in society. This year’s theme was "Reforming Youth Sport."

Anita L. DeFrantz, President of the LA84 Foundation, greeted everyone to begin the day. Wayne Wilson, Vice-President of Communications and Education for the LA84 Foundation, presided over the introduction of guest speakers throughout the day.

The keynote speaker for this year’s Summit was Tom Farrey, Executive Director for the Aspen Institute’s Project Play. Farrey launched “Project Play,” a multi-year, multi-stage effort that provides the thought leadership for sport to build healthy communities, starting with universal access to an early positive experience in sports. He emphasized that sport activity equals better health and active kids equals active adults.

Jim Thompson, Founder and Chief Executive Officer for the Positive Coaching Alliance, and Tracy Zaslow, Medical Director for the COC Sports Medicine and Concussion Program at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, discussed “Reforming the Fundamentals: Coaching and Safety.” Points of emphasis included developing better athletes, better people and replacing bad habits with good habits.

Guest speakers Crystal Echo Hawk and Deborah Slaner Larkin discussed “Making Youth Sports More Accessible;” Marsha Chaney and Jane Haven shared their experiences on “Youth Sport as Positive Youth Development;” and Paul Caccamo and Nathan Plowman expanded upon “Where is Youth Sports Reform Headed.”

Feel free to view each guest speaker’s lecture at the link below. 

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