Right To Play [Edit]

Right To Play International is a non-governmental charity organization that has grown out of Olympic Aid, a program set up by the organizers of the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics to help people in war zones. The program gained worldwide coverage after speed skater Johann Olav Koss donated his bonuses for his three Olympic gold medals to Olympic Aid. Koss remained the chief athlete ambassador for Olympic Aid, which since focused on helping children. Renamed Right To Play in 2003, the organization’s mission is to “To improve the lives of children in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world by using the power of sport and play for development, health and peace.” It does so with the help of many athlete ambassadors, still including Koss (who is also the President and CEO of Right To Play International [as at 2015]). According to its own statements, Right To Play currently helps about 1 million children in some 20 countries to regularly participate in sports.