THE NHL PLAYER, PUBLISHED CHILDREN'S BOOK AUTHOR AND RIGHT TO PLAY ATHLETE AMBASSADOR JOINS STUDENTS FOR INTERACTIVE GAMES AND A PRIVATE BOOK READING
TORONTO, CANADA (June 23, 2017) – The 900 students of SouthFields Village Public School in Caledon, Ontario, got a once-in-a-lifetime experience Thursday, when Zach Hyman of the Toronto Maple Leafs visited their school to celebrate global citizenship and congratulate them on their fundraising efforts in support of Right To Play.
A new Athlete Ambassador for the organization, the 25-year-old hockey player was excited for an afternoon with the motivated, globally-minded students in Caledon.
"Sport and play have made a huge impact on my life—from helping me pursue a higher education, to giving me the confidence to follow my passion and make it to the NHL," said Hyman. "That is why I am so proud to be a Right To Play Athlete Ambassador. To have the opportunity to give back and help bring the power of play to children around the world is incredible."
Hyman's visit was the result of a grand prize draw available to schools that participated in the inaugural year of Right To Play's new national schools fundraising campaign, the Play Your Part Challenge.
Hyman led two consecutive assemblies at SouthFields, first to kids in grades K-4, then grades 5-8. He spoke to the students and staff about the importance of play in his own life and led them through a game specially designed for the Play Your Part Challenge. The Leaf's center also read from one of his published children's books, The Bambino and Me, followed by a Q&A.
Before leaving, Hyman presented the school with a signed Right To Play Red Ball and a certificate declaring their accomplishment as winners of the Challenge.
The students and staff of SouthFields Village Public School raised more than $2,000 through fundraisers like a freezie sale and staff 50/50.
It was one of more than 80 schools across the country to participate in the Challenge this year, which has raised nearly $20,000 in support of Right To Play to date.
In addition to receiving resources that encourage students to engage with and support Right To Play's global programs, for every $250 a school raised, it received an entry ballot into the Challenge grand prize draw and the chance to meet Hyman.
"One thing that both Zach Hyman and all of the students that participated in the Challenge across Canada have in common is their passion for supporting the positive impact that play can have on a child's life," said Lori Smith, National Director of Right To Play Canada. "Athlete Ambassadors like Zach can really connect with the schools here in Canada and together, we are able to create an awareness and make a difference for children and youth around the world."
To learn more about Right To Play Canada, follow @RightToPlayCANand visit www.righttoplay.ca.
About Play Your Part Challenge
The Play Your Part Challenge is Right To Play's national school fundraising initiative that encourages friendly competition between schools to support Right To Play's play-based education programs in a local and global reach. The initiative also empowers students to be global citizens and play their part in creating a positive environment for themselves and their peers.
For more information, visit www.playyourpartchallenge.com.
About Right To Play
Right To Play is a global organization committed to improving the lives of children and youth affected by conflict, disease and poverty. Established in 2000, Right To Play has pioneered a unique play-based approach to learning and development which focuses on quality education, life skills, health, gender equality, child protection and building peaceful communities. With programming in over 20 countries, Right To Play transforms the lives of more than one million children each week, both inside and outside of the classroom. In addition to our work with children, Right To Play advocates with parents, local communities, and governments to advance the fundamental rights of all children.
Right To Play is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and has operations in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Our programs are facilitated by more than 600 international staff and 14,900 local volunteer Coaches.
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