TORONTO, CANADA (April 4, 2013) – We are thrilled to announce that Right To Play has achieved its 2012 goal of reaching one million children worldwide through weekly play programs. This accomplishment marks a milestone for our organization, which set the seven-figure goal in 2008.
“While we believe that impacting one child’s life makes a difference, we are very proud that we have reached this milestone,” says Right To Play President and CEO Johann Olav Koss. “I am so proud that we have achieved our goal of reaching one million young people every week, and I see this growth as a testament to the quality of our work, the skill and dedication of our global team and the commitment of our supporters.”
Founded in 2000, 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, we help children in more than 20 countries build the essential life skills to help them better their futures and drive lasting social change.
By end of 2001, we were reaching just over 37,000 children weekly. In 2008, with the inking of our first five-year strategic plan, Right To Play set the goal of reaching one million children by 2012, and the hard work of 600 dedicated staff and thousands of Coaches worldwide has paid off.
Right To Play Coaches are local volunteers trained to deliver our specially designed programs. Responding to the needs of their communities, Coaches are not only the leaders who implement our play-based learning activities, they are the role models and mentors guiding children’s success.
We encourage leadership at all ages by also providing young people with unique opportunities to participate in the planning and execution of our programs. Right To Play Junior Leaders – some as young as eight-years-old – are given the opportunities to build their confidence and rise to the challenge of leadership by facilitating programs with and for their peers.
In addition, we’ve benefited from the support of a global network of professional and Olympic athletes from over 40 countries who inspire children and lend their voices to the cause.
In 2012, Right To Play’s programs showed growth in a variety of areas, including:
- More than 13,500 local volunteer Right To Play Coaches are leading programs worldwide. This number was 180 in 2001.
- The number of Junior Leaders (6,300) who are role models for younger participants and within the community has grown by more than 25 percent since 2011.
- The number of children living with disabilities participating in Right To Play programs worldwide has increased by nearly 15 percent to 10,300 since 2011.
- 49 percent of program participants are girls, and 56 percent of our Coaches are female.
As 2013 marks the beginning of a new five-year strategic plan, achieving its goal of reaching one million children has given Right To Play even greater motivation to pursue a major objective of doubling its reach by 2017 to two million children worldwide.
To learn more about Right To Play visit www.righttoplay.com
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 600 international staff and more than 13,500 volunteer Coaches.
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