Daily Archives: May 11, 2020

During these uncertain times, Project Play WNY will be posting information to help families and kids stay active and engaged through sports. The information includes fun activities and inspirational messages of how to stay strong as we #StopTheSpread and #SupportEachOther which will appear on all of our social media channels. Learn More: https://www.projectplaywny.org

When it comes to our children’s future, we are playing games.

Project Play: Western New York is driven and funded by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation’s Youth Sports & Recreation focus area in partnership with the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo and the Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program.

Our Mission 

Project Play Western New York envisions a community in which all children have the opportunity to be active through sports.

Every child—regardless of location, income or ability—should have access to fun and fulfilling physical activities that build confidence and set them on a path for lifelong success. 

Our Framework:

Project Play Western New York is modeled after Project Play’s “Eight Plays.” These are eight strategies identified by the Aspen Institute to help children become—and stay—physically active through sports.

  1. Ask Kids What They Want
  2. Reintroduce Free Play
  3. Encourage More Sport Sampling
  4. Revitalize In-Town Leagues
  5. Think Small
  6. Design for Development
  7. Train All Coaches
  8. Emphasize Prevention

Let’s Play


We want to empower you to make the biggest difference for our children. Below, you will find materials and resources to aid you in helping to improve the state of youth sports in Western New York.


For Families


All families want the best for their kids. We hope the following resources and events can help to guide you on a path toward the opportunities and information you need to get and keep your child playing!

For Coaches


As a volunteer or professional coach, you are always on the run from one practice or game to the next, but these resources can help you up your game on your time and from your own home or office.


For Youth Sports Organizations

As our initiative gains momentum, community and youth sports organizations will play a vital role in inspiring our children with the power of play. Explore Project Play: Western New York’s resources to create more opportunities for play in your youth programs.


Learm More : https://www.projectplaywny.org

When the breaking news around the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, it will be important for journalists to step back and take a deeper look at how it laid bare the effects of pervasive inequality in the United States and how resources were allocated during the crisis. Through its 2020 National Fellowship, the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism will help 20 competitively selected journalists around the country understand and chronicle how COVID-19 disproportionately impacted already disadvantaged communities and vulnerable children and families.
The USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism has reframed our annual National Fellowship, now in its 13th year, to focus on our traditional themes — the health, welfare and well-being of vulnerable children, youth, families and communities — as seen through a COVID-19 lens. We’ll be taking a close look at the racial, ethnic and geographic disparities that are emerging as more data come in.
And we’re moving the Fellowship to an online platform, as we did for our successful California Fellowship in March. Fellowship sessions will be held for five hours a day, plus four monthly virtual sessions of 2-3 hours each. As usual, each Fellow will receive a reporting grant of $2,000-$10,000 and six months of expert mentoring. And five Fellows will receive supplemental grants of up to $2,000 for community engagement, as well as specialized mentoring.
When: July 20-24, 2020 (plus four monthly virtual sessions of 2-3 hours each)
Where: Online
Deadline to Apply: May 26, 2020
Based at USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism, the National Fellowship is open to print, broadcast and multimedia journalists from around the country. The Fellowship is appropriate not only for health reporters, but for all reporters with an interest in social issues, whether they’re investigative, education, government, environment, criminal justice, social services or immigration specialists or general assignment reporters.
About two-thirds of the 20 Fellows will receive grants of $2,500-$10,000 from one of two specialty reporting funds — the Dennis A. Hunt Journalism Fund and the Fund for Journalism on Child and Youth Well-being — plus mentoring,to support the reporting of ambitious investigative or explanatory projects over six months. The rest of the National Fellows will receive grants of $2,000.
The Hunt Fund will support reporting that examines the successes and challenges of health care reform or the effects of a specific factor or confluence of factors on community health, such as the coronavirus epidemic, poverty, ethnic or racial disparities, pollution, violence, land use and access to health care or food.
The Child and Youth Well-being Fund will support investigative or explanatory reporting on the impact of poverty, trauma, adversity — or the coronavirus epidemic — on children and youth and their families, as well as the effectiveness of public and private agencies dedicated to protecting them.
The National Fellowship grants can be used to defray reporting-related costs such as travel, data set acquisition and analysis, translation services, community engagement strategies, multimedia enhancements and a journalist’s otherwise uncompensated time. Preference is given to applicants who propose co-publication or co-broadcast in both mainstream and ethnic media.
For more information, visit the Center for Health Journalism website or email program consultant Martha Shirk at Cahealth@usc.edu. To improve your prospects for success, we strongly recommend that you discuss your project idea with us in advance of applying.

On Monday Erie County announced 151 new confirmed coronavirus cases, no new deaths have been reported since Friday

BUFFALO, N.Y. — On Monday Erie County released new COVID-19 data, showing that there are 151 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the county since Friday, bringing the total to 4,484.

No new COVID-19 related deaths have been reported at this time.

County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced that the confirmed positive rate is 18.7%, with 4,484 testing positive from 26,783 tested in the county. Though those numbers may seem slightly off, Poloncarz said because many people have had multiple tests, some cases are still being investigated and various other reasons.

Poloncarz announced that the positive rate for last week dropped to 12.1%, over 3% less than the previous week. Of the antibody tests, 19,845 have been administered and 1,547 residents have tested positive for the antibodies. In the county, that’s 7.8% of everybody tested has been positive for COVID-19 antibodies.



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