Nico Hulkenberg is quickly rising to the top of the crop of Formula 1 racers, taking this summer Grand Prix season by storm. In 2015, when the 28-year-old German racer won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in his first entry to the prestigious race, he solidified his position as a name to watch in the world of racing, and he hasn't slowed down since. Going in to the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 24th, Nico is adding a new name to his racing helmet – Right To Play.
Nico's appointment as an Athlete Ambassador for Right To Play will allow Nico to share his passion for sport and his own story of resilience and perseverance with children in our programs all over the world.
"My own life has been shaped in so many positive ways by my passion as an athlete," Nico tells us. "I am excited by the opportunity to support Right To Play to help children learn and thrive through play and sport. I believe that participation in both has the power to make a profound impact on children's lives."
Johann Koss, Right To Play Founder and Olympic gold medalist, is thrilled to welcome Nico to the Right To Play team of more than 300 Athlete Ambassadors. "Nico Hulkenberg is an inspiration to us and we are excited to have him join our team," said Koss. "His success and resilience, on and off the track, make him a strong partner in our work to build better futures for children facing the daily challenges of poverty, conflict and disempowerment."
After the Formula One Championship this summer, Nico will be visiting Right To Play in the field to see our work in practice, particularly in the area of peace and cooperation, an issue very close to his heart.
We are excited to have Nico join us as an advocate and volunteer, and as we are rooting for him in this summer's Championship. We are proud to know he is also rooting for us and the children we support around the world.