"Intense focus on one sport and adult-driven pressures to perform are taking their psychological toll on children, causing concentration problems, fatigue, and irritability. In fact, the trend toward starting kids in organized sports at younger ages isn’t necessarily setting the stage for an active lifestyle later on in life — 70 percent of kids give up sports entirely by age 13. When asked by Michigan State University researchers why they quit sports, kids almost universally said, “It’s not fun anymore."
"As KaBOOM! expands its focus to helping communities self-organize and advising governments, it has become harder to keep track of its influence. Staff members say they regularly attend play conferences where they hear about playgrounds that were inspired by KaBOOM! Now, the organization is developing a “badging” system to recognize community leaders like Madra Belmont who have successfully built playgrounds."
My job, as described by David Bornstein, in the New York Times.