About Us

The US Play Coalition is a partnership to promote the value of play throughout life. We are an international network of individuals and organizations that recognize play as a valuable and necessary part of a healthy and productive life. Our membership is diverse – including educators, parents, physicians, health scientists, park and recreation professionals, psychologists, landscape architects and many more. Membership is free, and simply requires a declaration of shared commitment to the value of play.

Executive Director

Co-Founders and Co-Chairs

  • Brett Wright

    Former Dean, College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences, Clemson University

  • Fran P. Mainella

    Former National Park Service Director and Visiting Scholar Clemson University

Steering Committee

Coalition Advisors