Plan to attend the 2013 Conference on the Value of Play: Taking Action!

February 17-20, 2013
Clemson University, South Carolina

Schedule at a glance available now: Click here to download

PDF of Conference Program available now: Click here to download

Learn more about how to take action — whether itís increasing awareness of the value of play, learning more about play activities, or expanding your network of play professionals.

The Conference on the Value of Play attracts a wide range of attendees, including medical professionals (including doctors), educators, parents, play professionals, people working in parks and recreation, landscape architects, psychologists and many more. The conference also attracts attendees from across the globe.

What youíll take away from the conference:

  • New research from leading academics in the field.
  • Information on why play is such a crucial part of our life regardless of our age or ability
  • Actions and strategies to help incorporate play into our daily lives.
  • New connections with others focused on increasing awareness of the value of play.

Start Networking

Begin to meet and network with other 2013 Conference attendees by requesting to join our Facebook group. Request to join by clicking here or searching for "2013 Conference on the Value of Play Attendees"

Conference Schedule

Please note that this is a general schedule to help conference attendees make travel arrangements. A more detailed schedule, including specific presentation dates and times, will be posted in the coming months. Committee meetings will also be scheduled closer to the conference date.

The official hotels for the 2013 Conference on the Value of Play provide complimentary breakfasts during your stay.

You may also download a PDF of the conference schedule.


Sunday, February 17
11:00 a.m. Registration desk opens
1:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Series of breakout and featured speaker sessions

Local play tours for an additional fee (under development)

We strongly encourage you to arrive by 1:00 p.m. in order to take full advantage of the conference.

5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Free time for conference attendees

Seasons restaurant open for dinner (this meal is not included in conference registration). Cost is $9.99 plus tax. Reservations are recommended. There will be two seatings: 5 PM and 6:15 PM. Please call 864-656-7444.

7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Keynote speaker:
  • Dr. Michael Suk, MD JD MPH FACS, Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in the Geisinger Health System

    Topic: "Strategic Action for Good Health—Uniting Communities Around Play"



Monday, February 18
8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Welcomes and keynote speaker:
  • Kevin Carroll, Lifelong play champion, Founder of Kevin Carroll Katalyst/LLC, United Nations Addressee, Host of Beyond Sports Summit, and Three-time author

    Topic: "The Power of Sport & Play - a BALL can change the world!"
9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Series of breakout and featured speaker sessions

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lunch (provided)

1:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Series of breakout and featured speaker sessions

6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Dinner (provided to full conference attendees), including panel discussion with:
  • Dr. Joe Frost, Honorary Program Chair of the 2013 Conference on the Value of Play and Parker Centennial Professor Emeritus, University of Texas
  • Dr. Michael Suk, MD JD MPH FACS, Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in the Geisinger Health System
  • Fran Mainella, Co-Chair of the US Play Coalition, Visiting Scholar at Clemson University, and 16th National Park Service Director
  • Panelist To Be Announced

    Topic: "Putting Play Into Action"



Tuesday, February 19
8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Welcomes and keynote speaker:
  • Dr. Regina Milteer, MD FAAP, Chief Medical Officer at United Healthcare Community Plan, Co-author with Dr. Kenneth R. Ginsburg of "The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bond: Focus on Children in Poverty," Smith Scholar

    Topic: "Is it Just Play or Serious Business?"
9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Series of breakout and featured speaker sessions

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lunch (provided)

1:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Series of breakout and featured speaker sessions

5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Poster presentation and book signing

6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Closing banquet (provided to full conference attendees)

Action and Research Grant award presentations:
  • Presented by Dr. Joe Frost, Honorary Program Chair of the 2013 Conference on the Value of Play and Parker Centennial Professor Emeritus, University of Texas
Final address on Action Steps and Strategies for 2013:
  • Fran Mainella and Dr. Brett Wright, Co-Chairs of the US Play Coalition



Wednesday, February 20

Travel day — We hope you have a safe journey home and remember to always be PLAYful!

 

 

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