Founded in 2000 by four-time gold medalist, Johann Olav Koss, Right To Play is a global organization that uses the transformative power of play and sports to educate and empower children facing adversity. Right To Play reaches one million children in regular weekly activities and has a direct impact on the development of critical life skills that affect positive and sustainable change in more than 20 countries.
In 2012, Right To Play USA launched Play at the Core, which trains early childhood educators on how to use play as a tool to develop their students' critical thinking, problem solving and language skills. Today, 110 Play at the Core -trained teachers, inspire 56 classrooms across 11 community based organizations reaching close to 1,000 children across the Bronx and Harlem. Through play, teachers build stronger relationships with their students, encouraging them to excel far beyond academics.