Athletes, thought leaders, professionals, and experts in the fields of sport and physical activity will gather for State of Play, a free virtual summit hosted by the Gasol Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by NBA champion brothers Pau and Marc Gasol, to discuss the importance of sports in youth health and development. A virtual event will be held on November 16th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PST.
“Sports play a pivotal role in not only the physical development of youth, but also their cognitive and social development. Sports teach self-esteem and improve emotional well-being,” said Pau Gasol, President of the Gasol Foundation
“Unfortunately, the numbers of children participating in sports and physical activity continue to decline and these have only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. We need to come together to find sustainable solutions to encourage more kids to get active.”
The State of Play Virtual Summit will bring together major stakeholders in the industry to further the conversation on sports equity and ensuring that all youth have access to sports. State of Play, hosted by Pau Gasol and benefiting the Gasol Foundation, will feature panellists including five-time Olympian and most decorated U.S. Track Athlete in Olympic history, Allyson Felix, CEO of Laureus Sport for Good, Adam Fraser, Founder of the Center of Healing and Justice through Sport, Megan Bartlett, Olympic Gold-Medalist and Beach Volleyball Head Coach, Dain Blanton, Founder and CEO of MOJO Sports, Ben Sherwood, Global Marketing Director at Wilson Sporting Goods Co., Amanda Lamb, and Assistant Professor Adjunct of Epidemiology at Yale University and Founding Director of Sports Equity Lab, Dr. Yetsa Tuakli-Wosornu.
All proceeds from the event will benefit Gasol Foundation in their continued efforts to eradicate childhood obesity and empower children and families in underserved communities through the promotion of healthy habits.