state of play

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The partners who earlier this year released a report known as State of Play Western New York were in downtown Buffalo on Thursday, seeking input from community stakeholders as they plan how to advance a project designed to increase youth sports participation and, in turn, improve their health.


Michael Mroziak / WBFO News

How can Western New York fix the lack of physical activity among its kids? Two local foundations are looking for your help finding the answer.


Michael Mroziak/WBFO

A team effort to encourage more youth participation in sports is expanding and going nationwide. And one of the institutions that helped roll out a plan at the Western New York level earlier this year is joining more partners on the national project.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The State of Play report released in Western New York last week identified a lack of youth participation in sports, despite a wide majority of parental appreciation of the benefits of physical activity by their kids. That report, as we previous reported, encourages a renewed interest in free play. It also encourages letting kids try a wide variety of sports, avoiding early specialization. Experts and even one former pro athlete share the opinion that intensive concentration on one sport at a young age is a mistake.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A newly-released report about youth sports participation in Western New York shows a lack of physical activity by many young people. But it also offers ideas on how to get kids more interested and involved with sports. It begins with a question for the children: "What do YOU want?"