OPEN was created with one idea in mind: provide the highest quality curriculum resources FREE to every school to provide equity of access to the entire physical education community.
The OPEN concept was born in February 2014 by Aaron Hart and Nick Kline. They originally named the project QPEN (Quality Physical Education Network). Later that year, Aaron and Kurt Stone presented and proposed QPEN as a division of US GAMES / BSN SPORTS. In that meeting, BSN SPORTS CEO Adam Blumenfeld suggested a name change – OPEN (The Online Physical Education Network). Aaron agreed to the name change and Adam agreed to make OPEN a public service of US GAMES and BSN SPORTS.
From the moment that Aaron joined the US GAMES team, they worked tirelessly to prepare for OPEN’s official launch at the SHAPE America Conference in Seattle, Washington in March 2015. In July 2014, the OPEN Development Council was formed consisting of Aaron Hart, Nick Kline, Joey Feith, Lori Dunn, Artie Kamiya, Eric Stern, Helena Baert, and Jim DeLine. This group of selfless physical educators helped shape the way that all OPEN curriculum modules would be built. With the unconditional support of BSN SPORTS, the team was able to move quickly and advance their equity of access mission in a very short amount of time.