An educational and policy studies organization located in Washington, D.C., the Aspen Institute aims to analyze critical issues and build effective leadership. Through its Sports & Society program, the Aspen Institute works hard to unearth the positive impact of sports on important issues. In particular, the Sports & Society program looks at ways sports can contribute to the development of healthy children and communities.
The Sports & Society program brings together experts and leaders from a wide range of sports fields and facilitates conversations on a variety of topics. In 2012, the Sports & Society program hosted a symposium titled Title IX and Beyond: How Do We Get the Rest of Our Girls into the Game? The program has also hosted discussions on topics such as the concussion crisis in professional football, the ethics of extreme competition, and amateurism issues in collegiate sports. Speakers at Society & Sports panels include figure skater Michelle Kwan, speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno, and U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun.