An International Organization That Uses Play As A Tool For Educate And Empower Children And Youth

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Organizational overview
Right To Play (formerly Olympic Aid) is an international organization that uses play as a tool to educate and empower children and youth. Through playing sports and games, it teaches children essential life skills preparing them to overcome the effects of poverty, conflict and disease. The organization envisions creating a healthy and safe world for children.
Founded in 2000 by four-time Olympic gold medalist and social entrepreneur Johann Olav Koss, Right To Play 's programs are facilitated by about 16400 local volunteer coaches and more than 650 international staff. [1] It is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and has six national offices in Canada, the United States, Norway, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. It has regional offices in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, East and Southern Africa, West and Francophone Africa, and Latin America. The organization is active is more than 20 countries including the Palestinian territories of West Bank and Gaza, Lebanon, Pakistan, Benin, Thailand, China and Peru, among others.
History
Olympic Aid was conceived by the Lillehammer Olympic Organizing Committee (LOOC) in 1992 in preparation for the 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway. [2]
Initially the focus of Olympic Aid was to show support for people in war‐torn countries. It formed partnerships with other Norwegian humanitarian organizations to raise funds for awareness of the specific initiatives that each of these…
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