Thanks to a passion for softball and a desire to help her local community, Kjersti Johnson raised more than $1,200 for Right To Play and made sport and play accessible to more than 25 children worldwide.
When Johnson, a high school senior from Gig Harbor, Wash., was trying to decide what to do for her senior project, the varsity and club softball player knew she wanted to do something sports-related. Then, while researching professional softball player and Right To Play Athlete Ambassador Jessica Mendoza’s charity work. Kjersti stumbled on Right To Play and was immediately attracted to the organization.
“I absolutely fell in love with the cause,” Johnson said.
Johnson then decided to use her senior project as a fundraiser to benefit Right To Play. She gave softball pitching and hitting lessons to local girls, and as payment for the lessons, their parents donated to Right To Play.
“I knew I didn’t want to give pitching and hitting lessons and have the money go to a non-relevant organization,” Johnson said. “I figured this way, I’m helping girls here, but also helping other kids around the world.”
Johnson said her experience with Right To Play taught her that sport and play is something that should not be taken for granted.
think we take advantage of sports in America. It’s kind of like a rite of passage, when you’re growing up, you play sports. But there are some kids that never get that opportunity. They don’t know what it feels like to win a game. It’s cool to know that people are out there helping and that I can help too.”