Right To Play is a global humanitarian organization that uses sport and play programs as a tool for lasting transformation around the world.
MISSION: Right To Play's mission is to use sport and play to
educate and empower children and youth to overcome the effects of
poverty, conflict, and disease in disadvantaged communities around the world.
VISION: Right To Play's vision is to create a healthy and safe world through the power of sport and play
You may not be familiar with play as a development tool or know its importance in a child’s life. But for a minute, imagine your life without play. It is hard to even comprehend this alternative because for most of us, play has been completely integrated into our childhoods and our learning. We learned the ABCs by singing a song. We played matching games to develop our memory. We learned about inclusion from being part of a team. We played pretend, and play is how we made sense of our surroundings. For most of us, we can’t even imagine a world without play.
But that isn't the case everywhere. So many children grow up in a world without play.
The idea came from our Athlete Ambassadors. You know these faces well. They have graced the world’s largest athletic stages, and many of them have already become legends. Many are building legacies right now. Their faces are familiar, but what they want you to know is their conviction.
This is what they said: “We want to help these children. We want to come together and make a difference. We want to do something to give more children the opportunity to play and have their lives transformed the same way ours have been. We want to provide them alleviation from the suffering that is the only thing they’ve ever known. We want to be part of bringing this difference to more children. How can we do it?”
WHO HAS THE RIGHT TO PLAY? Every. Single. Child.At Right To Play we believe the power of play can transform a child’s life. That’s why we are working in the most disadvantaged areas engaging girls, persons with disabilities, children affected by HIV/AIDS, street children, former child combatants and refugees.
$5 will give one child a life lesson taught through play, so $100,000 can change the lives of 20,000 children. All of the money raised will go directly and immediately into Right To Play's international programs. We already have the infrastructure in place and the curriculum developed. We just need resources to bring more children into our programs. There will be no delayed timeline, and the impact will be immediate.
The good news is that the more money we raise, the more children we reach. So even if we reach our goal, we still need you to spread the word because our work is not done. Join us and change children’s lives through the power of play!
Right To Play operates in over 23 countries worldwide throughout Africa, South America, North America, the Middle East, and Asia. Every week we reach over one million children in our programs. But we still have so far to go and so many children to reach.
Twenty years ago at the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics, Right To Play Founder and CEO Johann Olav Koss made history. This year we are making history once again and we want you to be part of it. The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics marks the 20th Anniversary of the Sport for Development and Peace movement, and 20 of Right To Play USA’s professional & Olympic athletes are coming together to change the lives of 20,000 children in the most disadvantaged areas of the world.
Because we are so grateful for your generosity, we want to make
sure you know how thankful we are. We have some amazing things to give you,
from tote bags, water bottles, and signed soccer balls, all the way to locker
room access/tickets to see the Green Bay Packers, skiing with Picabo Street, and
2-hour private coaching for your sport of choice with one of our athletes. You can’t get
this anywhere else!
- Nathan Adrian: Three-time Olympic Gold Medalist in Swimming
- Brittany Bowe: Sochi hopeful in Speedskating
- Emily Cook: Two-time Olympian in Freestyle Skiing
- Natalie Coughlin: Twelve-time Olympic Medalist in Swimming
- Gabrielle Douglas: Two-time Olympic Gold medalist in Gymnastics
- Allyson Felix: Four-time Olympic Gold Medalist in Track & Field
- Devon Harris: Three-time Olympian in Bobsled
- Eric Heiden: Five-Time Olympic Gold Medalist in Speedskating
Sarah Hendrickson: National Champion in Ski Jumping
- Jonathan Horton: Two-time Olympic medalist in Gymnastics
- Patrick Meek: Sochi hopeful in Speedskating
Steve Mesler: Olympic Gold Medalist in Bobsled
- Tim Morehouse: Olympic Medalist in Fencing
- Heather O'Reilly: Three-time Olympic Gold Medalist in Soccer
- Heather Petri: Olympic Gold Medalist in Water Polo
- Alicia Sacramone: Olympic Silver Medalist in Gymnastics
- Summer Sanders: Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist in Swimming
- Nikki Stone: Olympic Gold Medalist in Aerial Skiing
- Picabo Street: Olympic Gold Medalist in Alpine Skiing
- Marcellus Wiley: Ten-year NFL Veteran and Pro Bowl Defensive End
Spread the word!
- Share Right To Play's campaign with your family, friends, and social networks
- When you share on social media, use the hashtag #20for20for20 and tag @RightToPlayUSA. Here is the link to share with your friends and family http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/20-for-20-for-20
- If you would like to make a video of yourself sharing why you donated to Right To Play and why you feel play is important, please send it to us and we will share on the campaign's media gallery and on our social media outlets