Tom Farrey leads the Sports & Society Program, whose mission is to convene leaders, facilitate dialogue and inspire solutions that help sport serve the public interest. With the support of the Aspen Institute, he founded the program in 2011 then in 2013 launched Project Play, a multi-year, multi-stage effort that provides the thought leadership for sport to build healthy communities, starting with universal access to an early positive experience in sports. The project has been hailed by U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy as a venue for cross-sector collaboration and innovation for communities.
Farrey is also a veteran journalist whose work has been recognized as among the nation’s best and most innovative. With ESPN, his television stories have won the 2014 Alfred I. duPont/Columbia University Award, 2013 Edward R. Murrow Award, two Emmy Awards, among other national honors. His reports have appeared on Outside the Lines, SportsCenter, E:60, ABC’s World News Tonight, Good Morning America and This Week with George Stephanopolous. He was the first ESPN reporter to deliver cross-platform enterprise reports, and two years before that, in 1996, he joined the editorial team that built the website that later became ESPN.com.
At both the Aspen Institute and ESPN, he has explored the connections between sport and the largest themes in society – education, globalization, technology, race, and ethics, among others. He is seen as a thought leader on topics including youth and college sports. He is author of Game On: The All-American Race to Make Champions of Our Children (2008, ESPN Books), an investigation of modern youth sports used as a text on many college campuses.
He can be followed @TomFarrey and @AspenInstSports.
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