|Thursday, February 13, 2014|
On this day 20 years ago, a young boy from North Carolina named Joey Cheek, watched Norwegian speed skater Johann Koss win the Men's 5000m gold at the Lillehammer 1994 Winter Olympics. He watched Koss win two more speed skating gold medals at those Games, and told his mom: "I want to do that." Twelve years later, to the day, he did. He did 'that' and more.
Eight years ago today, US speed skater Joey Cheek won gold in the Men's 500m event at the Turin 2006 Winter Olympics. Following in the footsteps of Koss - his childhood hero - Joey donated his $25,000 gold-medal bonus to Right To Play, which he calls "unquestionably, the most meaningful thing I've ever done in my life."
Since then, he's become one of our most passionate, dedicated Athlete Ambassadors and personifies the true spirit and power of the RTPNation.
"Play is a necessity. And the lessons that Right To Play teaches children, they're necessary for us to have the world we want to live in."
Happy Anniversary, Joey!
|Tuesday, February 11, 2014|
SOCHI, RUSSIA (February 11, 2014) – Our first of two events to be held in Russia took place Tuesday evening to celebrate our Athlete Ambassadors who champion our mission of helping children around the world learn through play. Competing athletes, heroes of Olympics past and legends of alpine skiing were in attendance, including former World Cup Champions Bernhard Russi and Andreas Wenzel, six-time Winter Olympian Marco Büechel and retired Canadian skier Britt Janyk.
|From left: Bernhard Russi, Johann Koss and Andreas Wenzel at the Right To Play event. |
Right To Play President and CEO Johann Koss spoke about the power of our Athletes Ambassadors to inspire children, and the invaluable contribution they make to our organization. Guests were also linked live via video to the field to explore how Right To Play’s innovative programs are helping to meet the needs of some of the world’s most vulnerable children. Connected with our Regional Program Manager Rola Hodeib in Lebanon, the group learned about how we’re adapting and expanding our sport- and play-based educational programs in Lebanon and Jordan to reach children and youth affected by the Syrian Refugee Crisis.
The second Right To Play event will take place Feb. 14 at Norway House in Sochi.
RTPNation Cracks Top 10 in Medal Standings
Congratulations to Athlete Ambassadors Dario Cologna and Patrick Chan on their medal-winning performances! Dario won gold for Switzerland in the Men's Skiathlon 15km Classic + 15km Free, while Patrick helped Canada claim silver in the Team Figure Skating event.
With two medals, RTPNation is currently ranked ninth on the medals table! Congratulations to all of the athletes competing at the games and demonstrating the best values of sport each day!
|Thursday, January 23, 2014|
The Right To Play Nation (RTPNation) is a community of Right To Play supporters who believe that play can transform a child’s life.
We are led by our President and CEO, Johann Koss, and an international team of more than 300 Athlete Ambassadors who have written the history of our nation and experienced the transformative power of sport and play firsthand.
|American track star Allyson Felix visits our programs in Uganda|
RTPNation is made up of one million children and the thousands of volunteer Coaches who lead our play-based educational programs in more than 20 countries worldwide like: Peru, Uganda and Canada. But more than that, the RTPNation is made up of people like your family and friends, your sporting heroes and most importantly: YOU.
As a member of the RTPNation, you’ll be at the forefront of the Sport for Development movement, supporting Right To Play as we help one million kids learn and grow through weekly play activities. Connected by our website (www.righttoplay.com) and social media, as a member of RTPNation you’ll be the first to experience our amazing stories from the field, hear our program updates, and learn about fun events, contests and volunteer opportunities to connect with Right To Play and our incredible Athlete Ambassadors—all in real time.
|British cyclist Mark Cavendish visits our programs in Tanzania|
As a RTPNation member you will stand alongside sporting and Olympic legends like: Clara Hughes (CAN), Joey Cheek (USA) and Summer Sanders (USA); legendary Ethiopian distance runner Haile Gebrelassie; women’s tennis superstar Li Na from China; Norway’s LPGA star Suzann Pettersen; Dutch field hockey’s Floris Evers; Twin soccer stars David and Philipp Degen (CH); British cyclist Mark Cavendish; American gold medal-winning track star Allyson Felix; the NBA’s José Calderón from Spain, and; UEFA 2012 Champions League and 2013 Europa League winners, Chelsea Football Club.
Join the RTPNation and cheer on our more than 65 athletes competing in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. You’ll receive news about our team and get an exclusive look at our events in Sochi to celebrate the spirit of the Olympics, the power of play and the 20th anniversary of Johann Koss’ Olympic races that started it all! So, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@RightToPlayIntl) and Instagram (RightToPlayIntl) to help spread the word about how sport and play can change a child’s life.
Together we’re making the world a better place for children through play.
|Monday, January 20, 2014|
Global partner Chelsea FC have demonstrated their continued support by launching Play For Change, a schools fundraising pack as a joint initiative with Right To Play. The pack provides ideas, guidelines and materials for teachers to plan and carry out fundraising activities and events at their schools to raise money for Right To Play.
The Play For Change pack teaches kids how to play Right To Play games such as Mosquito Tag, provides geography and math activities to show where we work, and activities to improve kids’ literacy, for example writing a letter to one of our Coaches. As well as loads of fundraising ideas for how they can put on events to raise money.
Chelsea are fully behind the Play For Change initiative that gives kids and schools the opportunity to win exclusive prizes, including:
- Signed Chelsea FC shirts
- Signed Chelsea FC balls
- Training days at Chelsea FC’s Cobham training ground
- Chelsea FC experience which includes a private coaching session and the chance to present their cheque on the pitch before a game at Stamford Bridge
Find out more about this great schools fundraising pack or email email@example.com with any questions you have.
|Wednesday, December 11, 2013|
It was an exciting day for 20 kids from Wat Uthai School in Bangkok, Thailand on Friday, when David Monk of the Chelsea Football Club Foundation led them in a Football for Development session at Bangkok’s Super Kick facility – home to the Chelsea FC Soccer School and famous Blue Pitch.
The 10 girls and 10 boys who took part in the session were selected by their teachers for their contributions to the school’s Right To Play club.
We started working at the Wat Uthai School in 2010, training teachers how to integrate play into their lessons. The school, which has 307 students from kindergarten to Grade 6, is sandwiched between shopping malls, hotels, and night time entertainment venues in central Bangkok, so play sessions are a welcomed time to learn, let loose and have fun – and this was no exception!
Thanks to our global partner Chelsea FC for helping us bring play to children in Thailand and so many others worldwide.
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