International Physical Literacy Conference 2023 New York

The International Physical Literacy Conference (IPLC) is designed to bring together health, education, recreation and sport experts to advance the knowledge, application and implementation of physical literacy programming across the globe. The conference engages leaders, practitioners and stakeholders of physical literacy from around the world in a truly collaborative environment.

Hosted in partnership with New York Road Runners and Physical Literacy for Life, the International Physical Literacy Conference 2023 is taking place in New York City on May 2-5. Join experts from around the world to learn about best practices in program design, implementation and evaluation for developing physical literacy.

Every individual embarks on a physical literacy journey. By developing physical literacy across the lifespan, individuals empower themselves to be better at school, at work and at physical activities. Developing physical literacy will also lead to improved mental health and well-being, and increased resilience. This also incentivizes people to better engage with their community. Physical literacy is important to every sector, and each sector has a role to play in ensuring everyone has the opportunity to develop it. For more information on Physical Literacy, please visit

IPLC is truly a research-to-practice and practice-to-research conference, which is suitable for all practitioners and researchers.


The mission of IPLC is to provide an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to learn and share best practices in physical literacy research and programming globally.


The vision of IPLC is to create a vibrant community of researchers and practitioners who advance physical literacy to help make our global population healthier and happier.

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Rates (from April 18 through the conference):

  • Full Rate – $549 USD
  • Day Rate – $260 USD
  • Half-Day Rate – $185 USD

Pre-conference workshops:

Looking for hands-on professional development? We are excited to offer two full-day workshop streams on May 2 that interested delegates can register for. Learn more here.

To register for pre-conference workshops, single days and half days, learn more about each day’s lineup and find daily and half-day registration codes here.

Also, check out this information package for IPLC delegates!


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Conference Theme & Streams
Building a New Normal

IPLC 2023 New York will both unite and empower physical activity leaders, health practitioners and educators to cross-sectorally dismantle norms and reshape our conventional approaches to address and adapt to current challenges, with physical literacy as the conduit. Since COVID has become a part of our reality, we have heard about this being an opportunity to reimagine and rebuild a more inclusive, collaborative and resilient society. Ultimately, to create a new normal – acknowledging that the existing global physical inactivity crisis was only exacerbated by the pandemic, combined with increasing negative impacts on mental health and well-being, social connection and learning. Physical literacy is human-centred, driven intrinsically by individual needs and abilities to develop confidence, competence and motivation to be active for life. Let’s collectively look from theory to practice to implementation, building a new normal where all citizens can enjoy greater health and well-being, belonging, and resilience.

The streams for IPLC 2023 are as follows:

  • The Need for Physical Literacy: Why is physical literacy important? How has the need for physical literacy evolved throughout the pandemic? This stream will dive into theories and research on the importance of physical literacy, particularly in light of COVID-19, to increase physical activity, mental health and well-being, resilience, and positive health outcomes,
  • Equitable Physical Literacy for Life: How can we make physical literacy more equitable across the lifespan? This stream will explore inclusive physical literacy, uncovering both barriers to developing physical literacy and interventions designed to support low socio-economic families, BIPOC communities, women and girls, persons with diverse abilities, older adults and other equity-deserving populations.
  • Physical Literacy in Action: Where and how are we seeing physical literacy in action? This stream will share wise practices of the diverse environments in which physical literacy development interventions are taking place – from schools to parks and recreation facilities, to hospitals and health care spaces.
  • Physical Literacy Policy and Strategy: How can we embed physical literacy into the way we govern? What strategies can we employ to engage the leadership of various sectors? How do we ensure physical literacy is considered when we build environments? This stream will examine how physical literacy can be integrated into policy and strategies to improve wellness outcomes in health, recreation, sport, education and other sectors, including increased accessibility and equitable opportunities within built environments.
  • Physical Literacy Assessment: How do we measure the impact of physical literacy? This stream will explore the short-term and long-term assessment and evaluation of physical literacy, including the use of digital tools designed specifically to support physical literacy assessments, for diverse ages and abilities in multiple settings.

This year, IPLC 2023 is headed to NYC! We’ll be right in the middle of the action, with some of New York’s biggest attractions just a stone’s throw away.  

Where to Stay

The New Yorker

Nestled in Midtown Manhattan along 8th Avenue – just south of Times Square and north of Penn Station – stands an iconic Jazz Age-era building that has drawn some of the most influential travelers in history. You’ll know you’re close when you look up to see its Art Deco façade, proudly adorned with red block-letters: THE NEW YORKER.

Preferred room rate*:

  • Executive Queen Room: Single rate $229+ taxes USD, Double rate $229 + taxes USD
  • Executive Double/Double Rooms: Single rate $249 + taxes USD, Double rate $249 + taxes USD

*Additional persons above double occupancy will be charged at a rate of $20.00 USD per person, per night, with a maximum of four (4) persons per guestroom.

These rates include:

  • access to the state-of-the-art fitness center,
  • business center with internet and printing services,
  • high-speed, in-room WiFI services, and
  • long distance and international phone calls.

Please note, the resort fee mentioned on the booking link has been waived for all IPLC delegates and will not be charged upon check-out of the hotel.

Reservations can also be made directly with the Hotel Reservations Department at 1-800-764-4680.  Please identify yourself as being part of the IPLC conference in order to receive the preferred rates.

If you are having trouble finding availability for your required dates on the hotel booking link, please contact the hotel directly with the following information:

Contact person: Erin Wilson – 
Subject line: IPLC 2023 Reservation
Include in the email:

  • Guest First Name, Guest Last Name
  • Check-In Date
  • Check-Out Date
  • Room Type (Queen Room- 1 bed or Double/Double- 2 beds)
Conference Program


Reasons To Attend

IPLC brings together health, education, recreation and sport experts and leaders from around the world to advance the knowledge, application and implementation of physical literacy programming. At the conference, you will:

  • Quality and variety of presentations – Learn new concepts, best practices and approaches to increase your ability to advance physical literacy in your environments
  • Influential and accomplished keynote speakers – Be inspired by the messages and experiences of our internationally acclaimed keynote presenters. 
  • Networking and opportunities to socialize – Meet and connect with fellow delegates and presenters alike during various networking and social opportunities, both in-person and by using Whova –  the digital program app that encourages resource sharing and discussion.  
  • Innovative and engaging workshops – Gain practical knowledge and insights on how best to implement physical literacy into your programs, courses and initiatives. 
  • New York City – Experience one of the world’s most iconic cities through organized activities and unstructured free time throughout the week.
New York Road Runners


New York Road Runners is a non-profit organization, founded in 1958, whose mission is to help and inspire people through running, and serves runners of all ages and abilities. 


  • Rising New York Road Runners In-School and Out-of-School Programs: Provide SHAPE-aligned curriculum and resources to educators that allow youth to have the skills, confidence, and desire to be active for life. This running-based program features virtual and in-person events in NYC.
  • Rising New York Road Runners Youth Races and Events: Offers free and fun youth races for kids ages 2 to 18. Events are organized in three stages, each based on physical activity, competitiveness, and age. You’ll find something for everyone throughout the year.
  • Rising New York Road Runners Youth Ambassadors Program: Provides speech fundamentals and public-speaking workshops that help participants improve their presentation and communication skills, as well as opportunities to showcase their skills by speaking at NYRR races and events.
  • Rising New York Road Runners Wheelchair Training Program: Introduces youth with physical disabilities ages 6 to 21 to the sport of wheelchair racing and provides them with the equipment necessary to practice and compete in events on the road and track.
  • NYRR Run for the Future: A seven-week program that introduces 11th and 12th grade high school young women to the sport of running. They are taught running techniques, goal setting, and self-care practices to develop the ability, confidence, and motivation to be active for life.


  • NYRR Open Run: Free fun weekly runs and walks in neighborhood parks throughout the NYC-metro area. Everyone is welcome—all ages, abilities, and experience levels. These organized runs and walks take place on weekend mornings and weekday evenings. 
  • NYRR Striders: Offers free walking and fitness opportunities for older adults across the five boroughs. The program connects participants to a community of like-minded adults who are determined to prove that athletes have no age limits. 
  • NYRR Adult Races: Taking place across all five boroughs at distances from one mile to 26.2 miles, our races welcome runners of all abilities. 
  • NYRR Race Free Program: Offering race fee assistance to all NYRR races, this initiative provides complimentary entries to those who qualify financially.
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Sport for Life would like to thank its event partner, sponsors, exhibitors, and supporters for their generous contributions to IPLC 2023:

Host Partner

New York Road Runners



QuaverEd      Hip Hop Public Health      OPEN

US Games     Varsity Brands






     National Academy of Health and Physical Literacy      NYS AHPERD


Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Check out our Sponsorship Package. For questions or additional details, please contact Francesca Jackman, Manager of Strategic Initiatives at

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