• Students, Coaches, Professional Athletes and Scholars Discuss the Benefits & Challenges of Youth Sports
• One-Hour Documentary Premieres Locally on NBC Sports Philadelphia on June 29 at 10:30 p.m.
• The Conversation Continues Today at NBCSports.com/FairPlay
Philadelphia, PA (June 25, 2018) – Earlier this year, NBC Sports Regional Networks announced the launch of Fair Play: Youth Sports in America, a multi-platform documentary project that explores the $15 billion organized youth sports industry. Told through the voices of students, coaches, professional athletes and scholars, Fair Play: Youth Sports in America will air in June and July across all NBC Sports Regional Networks, on NBCSN and on NBC Owned Television Stations, and premieres locally on NBC Sports Philadelphia on Friday, June 29 at 10:30 p.m. The special is presented by GEICO.
Fair Play: Youth Sports in America follows NBC Sports Regional Networks’ successful first cross-platform documentary about gender in sports, TOMBOY.
“We look forward to bringing this story of youth sports participation to viewers across the country,” said Ted Griggs, President, Group and Strategic Production & Programming Leader for NBC Sports Regional Networks. “Fair Play: Youth Sports in America will showcase the intricate world of youth sports, shining a light on both the benefits and sometimes difficult aspects, while providing realistic recommendations for parents and athletes alike.”
The one-hour documentary features an extensive list of interviewees, including Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry; San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeff Samardzija; two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women's World Cup champion Carli Lloyd; University of Connecticut women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma; senior writer for TIME Sean Gregory; Positive Coaching Alliance Executive Director Darrell Johnson; and Executive Director at The Aspen Institute, Tom Farrey.
A trailer of the one-hour documentary is available here.
The initiative will once again have several elements that extend beyond the on-air documentary. NBC Sports Regional Networks have created a dedicated national website, NBCSports.com/FairPlay, which features podcasts, articles, and interviews with youth sports organizers and participants to foster an engaging digital conversation in advance of the documentary’s television debut.
In partnership with Comcast NBCUniversal, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and United Way World Wide, each RSN also hosts in-market “Fair Play Days,” an organized day to inspire and encourage Club kids at the Boys & Girls Clubs to play sports and get active. United Way Worldwide is also announcing a United Way Healthy Lifestyle Grant in the amount of $50,000 each to select Clubs at their events, totaling $250,000.
In addition, to honor student-athletes across the country, the RSNs and SportsEngine Inc., the leading software provider of sports life management solutions for teams, clubs and leagues, hosted a contest in each market to celebrate young individuals who demonstrate determination, perseverance, and who serve as a positive influence through their participation in sports and academics. The winner will have his/her story showcased on-air and across the network’s social and digital platforms.
Viewers can find the latest news, content and interviews using #FairPlayNBCS, and at NBCSports.com\FairPlay.
Fair Play: Youth Sports in America premieres on NBC Sports Philadelphia on Friday, June 29th at 10:30 p.m. Additional air dates are listed below:
NBC Sports Philadelphia:
June 29 at 10:30 p.m. (premiere)
June 30 at 10 p.m.
July 1 at 5:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.
July 2 at 6:30 p.m.
July 4 at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.
July 8 at 10 p.m.
July 13 at 8:30 p.m.
July 14 at 2 p.m.
July 15 at 5 p.m.
NBC Sports Philadelphia+
June 30 at 6 p.m.
July 4 at 6 p.m.
July 6 at 10 p.m.
July 19 at 9 p.m.
July 8 at 2:30 p.m.
July 16 at 10:30 p.m.
August 1 at 1 p.m.