|Wednesday, December 04, 2013|
Yesterday on Giving Tuesday, December 3, 2013, Right To Play launched its inaugural crowdfunding campaign through Indiegogo, where 20 of our Athlete Ambassadors came together to help raise $100,000 for Right To Play. The campaign will run until January 15, 2014, and by the end of the first day we had reached over 45% of our total goal! Now that we are almost to 50%, it means that almost 10,000 children are going to have the chance to PLAY.
VIEW CAMPAIGN HERE
The campaign received amazing national media attention from USA Today, Mashable, and GOOD, to name a few, excerpts of which can be found below:
|Thursday, November 21, 2013|
Right To Play is partnering with Indiegogo to launch its #20for20for20 campaign on Giving Tuesday, December 3, 2013!
Twenty years ago at the 1994 Lillehammer Olympic Games, Right To Play founder and CEO Johann Olav Koss made history breaking three speed skating world records and bringing home three gold medals. This year we want you to join us in a celebration to commemorate both Johann’s victories as an athlete as well as a global leader for social change. The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics marks the 20th anniversary of the Sport for Development and Peace movement, and 20 of Right To Play’s professional & Olympic athletes are coming together to invite you to help change the lives of 20,000 children in the most disadvantaged areas of the world.
We invite you to join us on December 3rd to ensure that every child has the right to play.
Using the crowd-funding platform Indiegogo, we aim to raise $100,000 by the beginning of the 2014 Sochi Olympics, to provide sport & play for 20,000 children.
Twenty Athlete Ambassadors, representing 11 different sports and over three decades of Olympic Games, are coming together to bring the opportunity to play to 20,000 children. These athletes include four-time Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix, two-time Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas, five-time Olympic gold medalist Eric Heiden, three-time Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian, twelve-time Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin, three-time Olympic gold medalist Heather O’Reilly, ten-year NFL veteran Marcellus Wiley, and more.
Support Right To Play by making a gift and raising awareness about the value of sport and play in every child’s life. Every $5 will change the life of a child. Whether you give $5 or $500, your gift is having an impact. Join the #20for20for20 Campaign and advance the health, education and well-being of over one million children on a weekly basis around the world.
WHY GIVE ON GIVING TUESDAY?
Right To Play USA's #20for20for20 campaign is an official partner of Giving Tuesday.
Indiegogo's partner, First Giving, has pledged to give 1% of the total non-profit funds raised by Indiegogo’s #GivingTuesday campaigns back to the #GivingTuesday campaign that raises the most total funds on December 3rd.
MEET THE ATHLETE AMBASSADORS LAUNCHING #20for20for20:
- Nathan Adrian: Three-time Olympic Gold Medalist in Swimming
- Brittany Bowe: Sochi hopeful in Speedskating
- Emily Cook: Two-time Olympian in Freestyle Skiing
- Natalie Coughlin: Twelve-time Olympic Medalist in Swimming
- Gabrielle Douglas: Two-time Olympic Gold medalist in Gymnastics
- Allyson Felix: Four-time Olympic Gold Medalist in Track & Field
- Devon Harris: Three-time Olympian in Bobsled
- Eric Heiden: Five-Time Olympic Gold Medalist in Speedskating
- Sarah Hendrickson: National Champion in Ski Jumping
- Jonathan Horton: Two-time Olympic medalist in Gymnastics
- Patrick Meek: Sochi hopeful in Speedskating
- Steve Mesler: Olympic Gold Medalist in Bobsled
- Tim Morehouse: Olympic Medalist in Fencing
- Heather O'Reilly: Three-time Olympic Gold medalist in soccer
- Heather Petri: Olympic Gold Medalist in Water Polo
- Alicia Sacramone: Olympic silver medalist in Gymnastics
- Summer Sanders: Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist in Swimming
- Nikki Stone: Olympic Gold Medalist in Aerial Skiing
- Picabo Street: Olympic Gold Medalist in Alpine Skiing
- Marcellus Wiley: Ten-year NFL Veteran and Pro Bowl Defensive End
|Wednesday, November 20, 2013|
Partnership is helping bring play to more than 77,000 children in East Africa and strengthening the NGO’s core technological capacity
LONDON, UK (November 20, 2013) – An innovative partnership with Microsoft YouthSpark was announced by Right To Play President and CEO Johann Koss earlier today in London, England, during the organization’s 2013 Big Red Ball – the flagship fundraising gala for Right To Play UK, supported by Microsoft.
Microsoft YouthSpark is a three-year global initiative to create education, employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for 300 million youth. Through more than 30 programs and partnerships with 186 youth-serving nonprofits, in its first year alone Microsoft YouthSpark has created new opportunities for more than 103 million young people in more than 100 countries worldwide.
Founded in 2000 by Koss, Right To Play is a global organization that uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity. Through its weekly play programs, Right To Play reaches one million children across more than 20 countries worldwide.
Established in early 2013, this partnership represents both a direct investment in Right To Play gender-focused programs in East Africa, as well as an investment in the charity’s technological capacity and digital resources.
“This is a wonderful partnership, and it is just the beginning,” Koss said. “Play is an inherently creative and innovative process. I believe creativity, innovation and collaboration are all critical elements to building effective, impactful programs that will change the world. Our partnership with Microsoft YouthSpark is all of these things.”
Microsoft’s investment in the Raising Her Voice program has already helped Right To Play reach more than 77,000 children in Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania and Mozambique. With a goal of expanding that reach to 110,000 by 2015, Raising Her Voiceputs special emphasis on promoting gender equality and empowering girls to become engaged in their communities. More than 50 per cent of the program participants are female.
“We fundamentally believe that investing in youth will help them change their world, and secure a better future for us all,” said Lori Forte Harnick, general manager, Citizenship & Public Affairs, Microsoft. “Right To Play’s Raising Her Voiceprogram is already having a real impact upon the lives of thousands of young girls in Africa. We believe that our investment in their organization will help create opportunities for many, many more.”
In-line with Microsoft YouthSpark and the company’s 4Afrika initiative, which aims to ignite African innovation by investing in youth education, workforce development and small and medium enterprises, the Microsoft investment will allow Right To Play to create an interactive digital portal of its more than 600 unique games and play-based activities so staff and Coaches worldwide have easier access to the resources.
To ensure the more than 13,500 local volunteer Coaches who lead Right To Play activities can fully benefit from the partnership, a pilot program will also be launched to train 3,000 Coaches in basic computer skills and digital literacy.
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, and the United States. Our programs are facilitated by 600 international staff and more than 13,500 volunteer Coaches.
About Microsoft YouthSpark
Microsoft YouthSpark is a global initiative that aims to create opportunities for 300 million youth in more than 100 countries by 2015. This companywide initiative includes Citizenship and other company programs that empower youth to imagine and realize their full potential by connecting them with greater opportunities for education, employment and entrepreneurship. Learn more at www.microsoft.com/youthspark
Media and Communications Officer
Right To Play International
Phone: +1 (416) 498-1922 x.240
|Monday, November 11, 2013|
||This past August, thirteen-year-old Ben West from Denver, Colorado had his bar mitzvah and decided to use the opportunity to raise awareness and funds for Right to Play. Ben helped bring in over $14,000 to benefit Right To Play programs worldwide through his friends' and family's tremendous generosity. Because of Ben’s amazing fundraising work, Right To Play is able to continue using the power of sport and play to impact one million children in disadvantaged communities every week. Ben plans to work on additional fundraisers in his state and around the country in the coming years.
Right To Play would like to extend its deepest gratitude to Ben for his enthusiasm and support for Right To Play’s mission! Ben’s commitment to philanthropy at such a young age is a rare gift and it inspires us to work even harder to spread the word about the positive impact play-based learning is having on children around the world.
Thank you, Ben, and congratulations on your bar mitzvah!
Ben would like to thank everyone who contributed to Right To Play, including those who attended his bar mitzvah and those who donated from afar.
Thirteen-year-old Ben West at his bar mitzvah service in August, 2013.
|Sunday, October 20, 2013|
On Sunday, October 20th, Right To Play joined forces with the Specialized lululemon women’s professional cycling team to host Race with the Pros, an exclusive cycling event to benefit Right To Play. Participants enjoyed a rigorous day of cycling alongside a team of world-class professional cyclists from around the world, including the 2013 World Time Trial champion and the fastest woman on a bike right now, Ellen Van Dijk.
Thirty participants turned out on a beautiful Sunday morning to cycle approximately 60 miles through New York and New Jersey, which included a 3.8 mile time trial competition. Congratulations to our time trial winners Dick Cashin, Joseph Michaels and David Wagener!
Team Emu, winning team of the time trial race. (L-R) Dick Cashin, David Wagener, Specialized lululemon team member Ellen Van Dijk and Joseph Michaels.
Race with the Pros reflects the momentum Right To Play is generating in the U.S. because of its effective program model, track record of success, global network of program partners and Athlete Ambassadors. Our partnership with team Specialized lululemon is one of several alliances designed to combine the power of sport with the influence of world-class athletes to raise awareness and revenue to support Right To Play’s signature play-based programming globally.
The 2013 Specialized lululemon Women’s Professional Cycling team. (Top L-R) Tayler Wiles, Katie Colclough, InaYoko Teutenberg, Carmen Small, Ally Stacher. (Bottom L-R) Karol-Ann Canuel, Ellen Van Dijk, Trixi Worrack, Evelyn Stevens, and Lisa Brennauer.
Right To Play would like to extend a sincere thank you to Specialized lululemon, our partners at Goldman Sachs and all of the participants who joined the inaugural Race with the Pros benefit. The funds raised from Race with the Pros help Right To Play continue to educate and empower children globally using sport and play.
Check out more photos of Race with the Pros here.
2013 Race with the Pros participants enjoy a ride with the Specialized lululemon women’s professional team on October 20, 2013 to benefit Right To Play’s domestic and global programs.
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