The Implications of Race on Play for Youth of Color


The world of play advocacy is a world dominated by white people, interests and concerns, and this conference is no exception. Free for All Baltimore attended and presented at this conference a few years ago, so it's easy to imagine how vital this panel must have been. The summary alone is a must-read for anyone in the U.S. advocating for opportunities for young people to play. I'm looking forward to hearing more from these leaders. Kudos to the US Play Coalition for hosting this keynote.

What is Playwork Under Neoliberalism?

In this new paper, Free for All Baltimore co-founder Ben Dalbey, inspired by the writing of Wendy Russell and Mike Wragg in the recently-published Aspects of Playwork: Play & Culture Studies, Volume 14 (Hamilton Books, 2018),and quoting extensively from their work, attempts to apply some of their ideas to a US context informed by race and class.

Playing While Black

by Harrison P. Pinckney IV , Corliss Outley , Aishia Brown, and Daniel Theriault


In the United States, black youth face unique challenges that shape “where” they recreate, “who” they participate with, and “how” they engage in recreation. Recent events around the country have highlighted the potential of racial profiling in leisure settings. As a result, black youth and parents remain aware of the potential dangers of participating in recreation activities in public spaces. As black youth and their families are forced to navigate these realities, our field is presented with opportunities to explore unanswered questions about the relationship between Race and leisure, especially in the area of youth development. Using multiple contemporary examples to demonstrate the impact of Race on the recreation of black youth, three theoretical frameworks are presented that may help advance the discussion on race, recreation, and youth development. Warning: This article includes videos that contain graphic content and may be upsetting to some.