For too long, we have treated play as a luxury that kids, as well as adults, could do without. But the time has come for us to recognize why play is worth defending: It is essential to leading a happy and healthy life. — David Elkind
2019 Advocacy Focus
There are major barriers to accessing and participating in physical activity and play. These include issues related to time, cost, location, and an individual social, emotional, and cultural context.
#MovementForAll is a declaration that play is a human right, necessary for whole health — both for the individual and the collective.
It is a commitment to everyone having access to lifelong, playful movement and community. It is a call to courageous action, and a promise we make together: to teach, build, and share an integrated path we discovered that fulfills this commitment — that path being parkour.
Design-Build-PLAY is a week-long project-based STEM summer camp and workshop series where students learn elements of architectural and landscape design, structural systems alongside the basics of parkour and natural movement! More simply: It's a playground design camp!
We put to full use the Pop-Up Playground, with students learning how to work with modular systems, as well as with each other, in order to design and ultimately build a play structure by the end of the week. They then get to spend the afternoon climbing, swinging, and jumping around on their group creation.
The Womens Parkour Movement, which runs the annual North American Gathering, is an empowerment and leadership event focused on engaging and connecting female practitioners, bridging the gender-relation gap in parkour, and cultivating and investing in female leaders.
100+ women come out to share their practice of parkour--to move, laugh, and learn from other women. The gathering is organized each year by a different woman, and the weekend itself is packed with workshops lead by women, social events, and facilitated conversations. We also create spaces for men to come in and participate, in hopes of building a larger impact and lasting change in the community.
The Parkour Leadership & Education Retreat, otherwise known as the Art of Retreat, is a weekend-long experience engaging business owners, coaches, students, and practitioners in cross-disciplinary discussions and problem solving.
It serves as a catalyst for and has fostered the growth of new rewarding relationships and peer groups, which in turn ultimately lead to a stronger, more stable community.
The Movement Playbook is a free online resource and database of movement and physical play games for teaching! Built to include some key favorites from the parkour community, it will hopefully grow into a large library useful for coaches and practitioners across multiple disciplines.