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State of Play Hawai‘i Analysis and Reocmmendations

Aspen Institute Releases Youth Sports Report on Hawaii

State of Play Hawai'i shows that twenty-six percent of Native Hawaiian youth meet the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommended 60 minutes of physical activity per day.

HONOLULU, September 17, 2019 – A new report released by the Sports & Society Program at the Aspen Institute analyzes the state of youth sports in Hawai'i and offers recommendations to grow access to quality sport options for all children. State of Play Hawai'i is the product of an eight-month analysis examining how well adults in the state are serving youth through sports, regardless of zip code or ability.

The report, guided by a task force of local leaders, features results from a survey of more than 500 youth, parents and community leaders statewide, an analysis of the youth sport ecosystem in each of Hawai'i’s four counties, one big “Game Changer” opportunity, and 24 sector-specific ideas that stakeholders could adopt.

The executive summary and full report are available to read here.

Among the key findings in Hawai'i:

The report was commissioned by Liliʻuokalani Trust.

State of Play Hawai'i is the Aspen Institute’s first assessment of a single U.S. state, and the eighth overall community report.  The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. An initiative of the Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program, Project Play develops, applies and shares knowledge that helps stakeholders build healthy communities through sports. For more information, visit www.ProjectPlay.us.

About Lili’uokalani Trust

Liliʻuokalani Trust was established in 1909 by Hawaiʻi’s last ruling monarch, the beloved Queen Liliʻuokalani. Her Deed of Trust directs that the Queen’s assets be utilized to serve and provide for orphan and destitute Hawaiian children, in perpetuity. With its vision of “e nā kamalei lupalupa, thriving Hawaiian children,” LT believes that every child has the inner strength and self determination to discover their path to a thriving life, and strives to transform lives.