For Immediate Release
Right To Play Launches Holiday Giving Campaign
Roger Federer, Venus Williams and Raptors’ Calderon among athletes donating auction items
TORONTO, ON (December 8, 2008)—International humanitarian organization Right To Play kicks off its 2008 Holiday Giving Campaign today. The Campaign is supported by many of Right To Play’s Athlete Ambassadors, including Michael Essien, Jose Calderon, members of Team Columbia and Chelsea Football Club and numerous Beijing 2008 Olympians. Other athletes lending their support with items include tennis stars Roger Federer, Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova and Andy Murray.
Contributors have donated autographed memorabilia to an eBay auction with all of the proceeds going to help Right To Play whose mission is to improve the lives of children in the most disadvantaged areas of the world through the power of sport and play for development, health and peace.
Items for sale range from sports gear such as jerseys and shoes, to signed balls to autographed posters, books and magazines featuring Right To Play Athlete Ambassadors. Among other items is a framed copy of Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year (1994), Johann Olav Koss, who is a four-time Olympic gold medalist and President and CEO of Right To Play. Over 60 items are part of the auction which runs until Monday, December 15th. You can find the auction at www.ebay.com/righttoplay.
About Right To Play
Right To Play is an international humanitarian organization that uses sport and play programs to improve health, develop life skills, and foster peace for children and communities in the most disadvantaged areas of the world. Working in both the humanitarian and development context, Right To Play builds local capacity by training community leaders as Coaches to deliver its programs in more than 20 countries affected by war, poverty, and disease in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Founded in 2000, Right To Play is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and has national offices in Canada, China, Norway, The Netherlands, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The national offices raise funds, build awareness for Right To Play programs and advocate for sport for development.
For more information, please visit our website at www.righttoplay.com or contact:
Director, International Communications
Right To Play
+1 416.498.1922 ext. 204