Acknowledgements

Primary support for this report came from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Additional support was provided by the American Council on Exercise.

Lead authors on this report are Tom Farrey, executive director of the Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program, and Risa Isard, program coordinator of the Sports & Society Program. 

The Sports & Society Program would like to thank the members of the Physical Literacy Working Group for their review and thoughtful comments on the report over a one-year period: Colin Hilton, Chair, Working Group, and, President, and CEO, Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation; Christine Bolger, Manager of Coaching Programs, Sports Performance, US Olympic Committee; Cedric Bryant, Chief Science Officer, American Council on Exercise; Alex Chan, Associate Director of National Strategy, Clinton Foundation; Dean Kriellaars, Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Manitoba; Wayne Moss, Senior Director of Healthy Lifestyles, Boys & Girls Clubs of America; Shellie Pfohl, Executive Director, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition; Nathan Plowman, Director of Strategy, NIKE, Inc.; Sharon Roerty, Senior Program Officer, Childhood Obesity Team, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Paul Roetert, CEO, SHAPE America; Robin Schepper, Senior Advisor, Bipartisan Policy Center; John O. Spengler, Head, Department of Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health, Texas A&M University; Richard Way, Senior Leader, Canadian Sport 4 Life, and Principal, Citius Performance Corp; Eli Wolff, Director, Inclusive Sports Initiative, Institute for Human Centered Design; and Shale Wong, Professor of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, University of Colorado-Denver. 

Additional thanks to the participants of the physical literacy roundtable: Kirk Anderson, Director of Coaching Education, US Tennis Association; Tom Avischious, Field Services Director, USA Swimming; Steve Boyle, Co-Founder and Co-Director, 2-4-1 Sports; Stephen Erdmann, Director of Business Design, Cambia Health Solutions; Janet Froetscher, CEO, Special Olympics Inc.; Dan Glynn, Recreation Supervisor, City of Stoughton (Wisc.) Parks & Recreation Department; Robert Malina, Professor Emeritus, University of Texas-Austin; Kevin Martinez, Vice President of Corporate Citizenship, ESPN; Alicia McConnell, Director of Training Sites and Community Partnerships, US Olympic Committee; Jonathan Mitchell, Athletic Director, School District of Lancaster (Penn.); Mohan Nair, Senior Vice President, Chief Innovation Officer, Cambia Health Solutions; Jennifer Slomack, Director of Community Marketing, New York Road Runners; Mara Smith, Principal, Great Play; Victoria Summers, Senior Engagement Strategist, Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness. Additional thanks to Heather Manning for note-taking at the roundtable and working group meeting.

The Sports & Society Program thanks the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the American Council on Exercise for their support of the project, and RWJF for the use of the photos on the following pages: home, the definition, and primary goal & objective.

Additional gratitude goes out to the University of Florida’s Sports Policy and Research Collaborative (SPARC), the predecessor to the Sports and Physical Activity Research Collaborative, for its research partnership.