ABOUT THE CHAMPIONS PROGRAM
The Champions Program was developed in 2010 by Deputy Director of Development, Jaime Wilson, in an effort to bring together a group of dynamic and influential Toronto-based leaders with a shared passion for volunteerism. The program is made up of individuals with the ability and passion to actively engage others, raise funds and spread awareness for Right To Play and the positive impact it has for youth and their communities in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world.
In the past 3 years the Champions Program has flourished. An impressive group of 13 Executive Board members and a number of Champions have been assembled and is still growing. Many exciting events, presentations and campaigns have raised over $1,000,000 for Right To Play since its inception. In 2013, the Champions Program has increased their fundraising goal to $850,000.
Right To Play Champions make connections with philanthropic colleagues, associates and peers to raise funds for sport and play programs which promote opportunities for development, teach life skills and health education and build stronger, more peaceful communities in countries where children have been seriously affected by conflict, poverty and disease. Right To Play Champions support the mission of Right To Play - To improve the lives of children in the most disadvantaged areas of the world by using the power of sport and play for development, health and peace.
5 YEAR GOAL
Each week, more than 850,000 children take part in regular sport and play activities with a combined total of more than 1 million children attending regular programming and special sports events and festivals to date. The Right To Play Champions Program aims to reach an additional 100,000 children; $5,000,000 ($50 per child) by 2017.
“Sport has the power to change the world, the power to inspire, the power to unite people in a way that little else can. Sport can create hope... It is an instrument for peace.”
ABOUT RIGHT TO PLAY
Right To Play is the leading international humanitarian and development organization using sport and play as tools to affect behavior and social change. A pioneer in its field, Right To Play implements programs in 20 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America, and each week more than 850,000 children take part in regular sport and play activities. Programming in Canada includes the enhancement of education in priority schools, and the Promoting Life-skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program in Northern Ontario. Founded in 2000 by Johann Olav Koss, four-time Olympic gold medalist and social entrepreneur, Right To Play fosters the hope and skills that are essential to envisioning and realizing a better future.