• Press Release - February 11, 2013

    Alpine Ski greats raise €120K for kids


    TORONTO, CANADA (February 11, 2013) – Twenty ski legends captained 20 teams for a charity race at the International Ski Federation's (FIS) Alpine World Ski Championships Sunday, which raised €120,000 for Right To Play and the Austrian organization Österreichische Sporthilfe.  

    Held in Schladming, Austria following the Ski World Cup, the charity event has become a popular fixture at FIS championships, with the 2013 installment attracting ski greats like Didier Cuche, Franz Klammer, Harti Weirather, Bernhard Russi, Janica Kostelic, Luc Alphand, Marco Büchel, Andreas Wenzel, and Pernilla Wiberg. Combined, the participating legends represented some 100 medals won at the FIS World Ski Championships or Olympic Winter Games.

    "It's wonderful to see the excitement of all of the participants and organizations that got involved with this race," said Johann Koss, President and CEO of Right To Play. "We are grateful to FIS for using the World Championships as a venue to fundraise and spread the word about our work, and to all of the athletes for their efforts and enthusiasm.I'm so inspired by these ski legends' return back on the slopes and to see how their passion and commitment to sport can be translated into real change for children around the world."

    Founded in 2000, Right To Play is a global organization that uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity. With competitors racing for bragging rights instead of medals, the greatest winners of Sunday's event were the 835,000 children worldwide who access sport through Right To Play programs.

    The 20 participating teams featured organizations such as FIS, OeSV, Audi, Longines, Eurosport, future Worlds Organizers Vail 2015 & St Moritz 2017, Milka, Deichmann and others.

    Cheered on by a crowd of 3,000 the race was won by Team Eurosport lead by Swiss slopes legend Didier Cuche with Jean Pierre Vidal, Kari Anne Saude, Claudia Morandini and Vincent Wieser, a boy from the local ski club.

    "I am very happy - this is the first race I have won since my retirement," said Cuche after his race against fellow former champion Kjetil Andre Aamodt.

    As a part of its FIS coverage, Eurosport will air a short feature on Right To Play across 54 markets on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 19:00 CET


    About Right To Play

    Right To Play is a global organization that uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity. Through playing sports and games, Right To Play helps children in more than 20 countries to build essential life skills and better futures, while driving lasting social change. Founded in 2000 by four-time Olympic gold medalist and social entrepreneur Johann Olav Koss, Right To Play is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and has national offices in Canada, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States and regional offices in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America. Our programs are facilitated by 590 international staff and nearly 12,000 volunteer Coaches.



    Kyla Pearson
    Media and Communications Officer
    Right To Play International
    Email:  kpearson@righttoplay.com
    Phone: +1 (416) 498-1922 x240