Olympic Oval Supports Right To Play
Bright red and yellow Right To Play banners hang along the Oval ice, raising awareness of the athlete-driven humanitarian organization which promotes sport and play programs to encourage the healthy physical, social and emotional development of the world’s most disadvantaged children.
“Right To Play is very thankful to have the support of the Olympic Oval, one of the world’s top sporting venues,” said Johann Koss, president and CEO of Right To Play and an Olympic Gold Medallist in speed skating. “Support from the Oval along with the tremendous support Right To Play receives from top international athletes like Catriona Le May Doan, Clara Hughes, Dan Jansen, Bonnie Blair, Susan Auch, Ådne Søndral and Wayne Gretzky is helping us to make the world a healthier and safer place for children most in need.”
The banners were hung shortly after Le May Doan’s return to Canada from Tanzania, where she was part of a group of 16 top athletes from eight different countries visiting projects run by Right To Play and its local partners. The projects focused on using sport and play to encourage healthy and happy child development and deliver life-saving health education including HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention.
“For children affected by disease and poverty, opportunities to play are scarce,” says Le May Doan. “I learned how important the Right To Play projects are and how much they work. Sport and play can strengthen both the mind and body and, without that opportunity, children – and communities – cannot thrive.”
Right To Play can be found on the web at www.righttoplay.com.
For more information, contact:
Olympic Oval Communications
Associate Director, Communications
Right To Play
(416) 498-1922, ext 204