Six-time Olympic medalist Clara Hughes is distinguished both as an athlete and for her humanitarian work. In addition to being a Right To Play Athlete Ambassador, the former speed skater and cyclist is currently on our International Board of Directors and has served as Co-Chair of the Canadian Advisory Board. Clara is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and was awarded the International Olympic Committee’s prestigious ‘Sport and the Community’ award for her commitment to promoting the values of sport and play around the world.
After winning gold at the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, the speed skater donated $10,000 of her personal savings to our organization, while challenging Canadian businesses and individuals to match her donation or give what they could. This ignited our awareness across Canada and resulted in donations of more than $450,000 in support of our play programs. Clara travelled to Ethiopia later that year to see our programs firsthand. She spent time in Rwanda learning the intricacies of our programs, and has also visited programs in Ghana, Mali, Liberia and the Middle East. Clara has made many appearances and keynote speeches on behalf of Right To Play, including at
“I have witnessed the benefit of sport and play firsthand, and from personal experience know how important it is for kids to have sport as an outlet for energy, anger and even fear. Right To Play recognizes this too, but does even more to ensure that children around the world have the opportunity to learn critical life skills that will set them on a more positive life path.”