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Don't Miss Special Mid-Day Sessions at ACSM Annual Meeting

  • Empowering Lives Through Sports: The Special Olympics and ACSM


  • This special mid-day session at the upcoming ACSM Annual Meeting in San Diego and will overview the extraordinary ability of the Special Olympics to empower and change lives on a massive scale in the United States and worldwide. The Special Olympics World Games will be in Los Angeles from July 25 through August 2, featuring 7,000 athletes from more than 177 countries. You will get an insider viewpoint of this upcoming amazing event. Plus, ACSM and Special Olympics are creating a partnership, and exciting news will be announced. Lastly, Dustin Plunkett, a remarkable Special Olympian and Special Olympics International Global Messenger will share his personal journey and how the Special Olympics empowered and forever influenced his life. This session will run from 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, May 27.

  • The Aspen Institute Initiative on Reimaging Youth Sports: Project Play and the Critical Role of Sports Medicine and Science


  • Join ESPN journalist and author Tom Farrey and a panel of ACSM youth sports experts such as John DiFori and Mike Bergeron on Friday, May 29 to discuss a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reimagine and enhance youth sports. This mid-day session will provide key insights into a truly transformative initiative called Project Play— for which Tom serves as executive director— that has been launched to make the youth sports experience more enjoyable, even safer and more inclusive. This session will provide an exceptional overview of the issues, strategies and opportunities for leadership and impact in a distinctive movement to make, at long last, key differences and changes that are needed. The special role of sports medicine and science will be underscored. ACSM has partnered with Aspen, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Nike and other leading organizations throughout the United States on the Project Play initiative. This session will run from 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. PDT on Friday, May 29.

    More information about both of these sessions will be available on-site at the ACSM Annual Meeting. more


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