The 2020 PLAAY  (Positive Leadership for Active Alaska Youth) initiative kicks off Friday, Feb. 14th with the 5th annual PLAAY Summit and concludes on Feb. 20th with a visit with the fastest swimmer on the planet!

The PLAAY Summit is an accredited conference featuring a panel of experts on youth physical, emotional and mental health topics.  A panel of Alaskan athletes including Jalil Abdul-Bassit, DaJonee Hale, and Dom Meriweather will discuss the role of leadership and sports in overcoming personal adversity.   For more information and registration visit  Join our PLAAY Summit Facebook Event page here.

PLAAY Day is Alaska’s first synchronized physical activity event.  Working to galvanize communities around the importance of living physically active lifestyles,  thousands of children from across Alaska and from as far away as New Zealand will join together Feb. 20th, 10-10:30 a.m.  AST through a live stream in a half hour of simultaneous physical activity.  Schools and businesses can register and join in the fun at Join our PLAAY Day Facebook Event page here.

Special guest and Olympic swimming legend  Anthony Ervin will be on hand for PLAAY Day and then will be at the Alaska Pacific University Atwood Hall at 7 p.m.  After winning Olympic gold in 2000 Ervin spent more than a decade on a path of exploration and often-times self-destruction.  He overcame struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts to return to the pool and swim faster than ever at the 2016 Olympics, becoming the oldest swimmer to win a gold medal in an individual event.   The event is free and open to the public.  For more information visit our Facebook Event page here.