Right To Play President and CEO Johann Koss won the prestigious Honorary Award at Norway’s Annual Sports Gala in Hamar on Saturday.
Johann is celebrated for creating sustainable change by educating and empowering children around the world through Right To Play’s play- and activity-based programs. The charity’s Norwegian office is located in Oslo and led by Koss’ former speed skating team leader, Laila Andresen.
"It's an incredible honour to be recognized by the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation on Sports," says Koss.
The four-time Olympic gold medalist shares the award with former skater, Atle Vårvik—his roommate during the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics. Vårvik was recognized for his work with MOT—an organization formed to combat youth violence and drug use in Norway. Both were presented their accolades by the Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.