Summer Sanders first committed to sport for development in 1994 with Olympic Aid. Since then, the two-time Olympic gold medalist has witnessed our programs in action by travelling to Africa three times: to Rwanda in 1996 and 2014 and to Sierra Leone in 2001. In 2010, she raised $100,000 for Right To Play by participating on the television show Celebrity Apprentice and was active as an Athlete Ambassador at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Setting the bar even higher, Summer raised another $10,000 for our organization by running in the Boston Marathon in 2013.
In 2015, Summer became Right To Play’s first Athlete Ambassador to join the U.S. Board of Directors. She regularly attends annual Right To Play events in the United States and participates in fundraising efforts throughout the year.
“Why I love Right To Play is very simple. I got so much from sports; I learned so much about how to be a good person, upstanding person, teamwork, dealing with failure, dealing with success, and having so much fun. As a mom of two kids, it’s my responsibility to show them these same things and to help children around the world have the opportunity to learn and grow through our programs.”