Communications & Advocacy Committee

The Communications & Advocacy committee will make coalition members and others aware of current and proposed legislation and other actions related to play, and is responsible for building a national campaign targeting professionals, trade associations, and citizens to:

  • Raise Awareness regarding the importance of Play and its positive impact on healthy living.
  • Galvanize individual and collective action to change perceptions and behaviors regarding the essential value of play. Our ultimate goal is to develop a plan that raises public awareness in regards to the importance of play and its positive impact on healthy living.
  • Amplify existing research and seek sustainable solutions regarding play as a value in society.
  • Generate the political will necessary to promote play as a means for building healthy productive lives.
  • Empower individuals to pursue play as a means to a balanced and healthy life.

The Summit on the Value of Play has raised critical questions about the challenges that lay before us to educate the public about the importance of free play for all.

Our society has, unfortunately, become fearful and timid about the sometimes-necessary consequences that come with the risks, challenges and immense learning that free play offers. Thus, parents often hesitate to allow their children to experience the valuable life lessons their kids can learn through play.

Public officials have in many cases eliminated these opportunities and facilities in fear of the costs associated with liability litigation.

Our committee and the coalition will provide you with information that we hope you will circulate, when appropriate, to your members and colleagues and take appropriate action. It is critical today that we experience play and reap the developmental rewards that it offers.

Committee Co-chairs

  • Rich Dolesh, NRPA, rdolesh@nrpa.org
  • Stephen Hamelin, Vortex International, shamelin@vortex-intl.com
  • Ken Kutska, International Playground Safety Institute, kskutska@aol.com
  • Rita Watts, The Play & Playground Encyclopedia, rita@playgroundprofessionals.com

 

 

US Play Coalition’s 2015 Conference on the Value of Play: Advancing Play - February 15, 2015 to February 18, 2015 - This conference is an opportunity to share how you are implementing innovative strategies to engage your community in play. We also seek research that illuminates the diverse benefits of play including physical, social, emotional, and cognitive well-being. Our goal is to bring these many perspectives together and to facilitate the development of new methods of advancing the play movement. Keynote speakers include Dr. Peter Gray and Dr. Kevin Ross Emery.

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  • Active Living Research 2015 Conference - February 22, 2015 to February 26, 2015 - Mark your calendars for February 22 - 26, 2015 and plan to join ALR in sunny San Diego. Check the ALR website for updated conference details. Look for the Call for Abstracts to be released May 2014.

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  • 12th Active Living Research 2015 Annual Conference - February 22, 2015 - 12th Active Living Research Annual Conference will be held on February 22-25, 2015 in San Diego, CA. The conference agenda will include both research and practice/policy presentations. The deadline for abstract submissions is August 18th.

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  • The 2015 George Wright Society Conference on Parks, Protected Areas, and Cultural Sites - March 29, 2015 to April 2, 2015 - "GWS2015 is your place to engage with colleagues who share your commitment to excellence ... to educate yourself about the latest trends and ideas ... to raise expectations for yourself and your career!" This event will be held in Oakland, California on March 29–April 2, 2015.

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