Dr. Kimberly Clay is the Founder and Executive Director of Play Like a Girl, a Nashville-based non-profit organization working to improve the health and well-being of girls in the U.S. through sport, physical activity and active play. Through after-school clubs and its popular Pop-Up Play Day, Play Like a Girl is leading the movement to educate, empower and equip girls to become active early and stay active for life. Mentoring-style sessions prepare girls, ages nine to 13, by combining health education and esteem-building exercises with movement of all kinds.
Founded in 2004 and backed by giants like ESPNW and Toyota, the organization has helped place more than 10,000 girls and young women across 11 states in programs where they learn healthy habits, discover a love for sport, and develop the confidence to pursue their passions. In January 2017, Play Like a Girl will launch a search for a national Board of Directors which will focus on engaging women athletes, coaches and executives in the sports industry in its 21st century mission as the organization grows and scales nationally.
Dr. Kim previously served as a public health analyst at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and directed the Georgia Cancer Prevention and Control Program. She also was a tenure-track professor at the University of Georgia where she taught and conducted research exploring long-term cancer survivorship in women. In 2010, she took a sabbatical to lead Play Like a Girl as its only full-time non-compensated employee. Dr. Kim is the author of numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed articles. She is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana, Tulane University’s Schools of Social Work and Public Health, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she received her PhD in Health Education/Promotion. She was named Toyota’s 2014 Everyday Hero, Xavier University’s 40 Under 40, and one of 50 People on the Move by the Nashville Business Journal.
Dr. Kim lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband, Mark Clay, MD, their sons, Joshua and Isaac, and their beagle Brooklyn.