What is Right To Play?
Right To Play is a global organization that uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity. It was founded in 2000 by Johann Olav Koss, a four-time Olympic gold medalist and social entrepreneur. Through sports and games, we help children build essential life skills and better futures, while driving social change in their communities with lasting impact.
Where are our programs?
Right To Play works in Benin, Burundi, Canada, China, Ethiopia, Ghana, Jordan, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Pakistan, the Palestinian Territories (West Bank and Gaza), Rwanda, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda and the United States.
We traditionally enter into countries with the greatest need, and responds to requests for programming by the government and/or communities in those countries. The decision to implement programming is based on a careful assessment of need, organizational capacity and a secure source of funding.
Do we partner with local community-based organizations?
Yes. We partner with other organizations to help us implement our unique training and technical assistance-based programs.
Do we work with refugees or internally displaced persons?
Yes. We work in a humanitarian context during times of disaster and/or crisis. For example, we work with refugees in Ethiopia, Lebanon, Jordan, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Thailand and Uganda and internally displaced persons in Mali.
Who have we reached?
We reach one million children in our regular weekly activities. By the end of 2017, we aim to reach two million children on a weekly basis.
How do we deliver our programs?
Our programs are facilitated by more than 550 international staff and 15,800 volunteer Coaches. Coaches are local leaders and teachers who are trained in our unique programming. They implement the programs based on the needs of their communities. We also encourage leadership at all ages by providing youth with leadership opportunities. Junior Leaders, some as young as eight-years-old, become empowered through participating in Right To Play programs.
What is "Sport for Development and Peace"?
Sport for Development programs is a methodology that is integrated into our play-based learning activities. It uses the basis of sports—teamwork and equality—to teach children new, sustainable behaviours like acceptance around differences like gender, race and religion. It helps shape children's thoughts, feelings and actions.
What is an Athlete Ambassador?
Our Athlete Ambassadors are role models inspiring children through sport and play. They help us raise awareness and lend their voice to our cause. We are supported by an international network of professional and Olympic athletes from more than 40 countries.
Do athletes deliver the programs?
No, Athlete Ambassadors do not deliver our programs.
How are Coaches supported?
Right To Play promotes the spirit of volunteerism. As such, Coaches are not financially compensated. However, they are compensated for expenses relating to projects, such as travel costs.
Is Right To Play involved in policy work?
Yes. We take an active role in research, policy and advocacy work to engage leaders in development, sport, business and media, to ensure every child experiences the benefits of sport and play.
Does Right To Play have any political or religious associations?
We are a non-partisan organization and we partner with organizations that support the rights and beliefs of all individuals. On occasion, we may work with local faith-based organizations to implement our programs but this does not indicate support for, or association with, the organization's religious affiliation. We do not work with political organizations.
Do we accept equipment donations?
We do not accept equipment donations, due to the cost of shipping equipment and the resources required to distribute and manage such donations when they arrive.
Do we send international volunteers into our program countries?
Over the past few years, Right To Play has transitioned to a more sustainable model that utilizes local resources. To do this, Right To Play trains local volunteers to oversee programming, rather than sending international volunteers overseas.
How does my contribution help?
Donations made to Right To Play are applied to the area of greatest need in the organization and go to our sport and play programs in disadvantaged areas around the world. This gives us the flexibility to channel our funds to countries where our needs are greatest.
An average of 79% of total worldwide expenses are spent implementing Right To Play's programs benefiting children facing adversity. An average of 21% of total expenses goes towards administrative and fundraising expenditures.
Right To Play's audited financial statements are available to the public in our