When Children Play: The Story of Right to Play by Gina McMurchy-BarberWhen Children Play: The Story of Right to Play by Gina McMurchy-Barber

When Children Play: The Story of Right to Play

byGina McMurchy-Barber

Hardcover | June 4, 2013

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An orphaned girl in a Ugandan refugee camp. A former child soldier in the Sudan. When survival is the priority, something as simple and normal as play seems to be a luxury that these children can do without. But Right to Play is changing that perception. Founded in 2000 by Norwegian Olympic medalist Johann Olav Koss, Right to Play begins at the grassroots community level, using sports and games to teach at-risk and underprivileged children around the world important values like self-esteem, empathy, and peace. Award winning author Gina McMurchy-Barber presents the history of this organization as well as the people who are involved in it - from the children, to their community leaders, to the celebrity athlete ambassadors who support them. Samples of Right to Play games are also included.

"Children who were enemies are becoming friends, and sport is helping the process of reconciliation and helping the wounded and traumatized mend. Quite clearly, sport and all those who assist in this process will help us overcome disease, ignorance and poverty."
-Archbishop Desmond Tutu

"The equipment you bring from Norway's children is the first time we have felt like human beings. You see us as more than just bodies to be kept alive or mouths to feed. It symbolizes there is a hope for a peaceful future and this is the first time my country's children will be able to play and to develop properly."
-President Isaias of Eritrea to Johann Koss

Right to Play's Athlete Ambassadors include:
Clara Hughes - Speedskating
Patrick Chan - Figure Skating
Catriona le May Doan - Speed Skating
Steve Young - Football
Gregg Zaun - Baseball
Alexander Ovechkin - Hockey
Wayne Gretzky - Hockey
Hayley Wickenheiser - Hockey
Joe Thornton - Hockey

Gina McMurchy-Barber was the recipient of the Governor General's Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History. Her first novel, Reading the Bones, was nominated for the 2008/2009 Langley Book of the Year Award and 2009 Silver Birch Award. Her second YA novel, Free as a Bird, was a finalist for the Governor General's Award for Chil...
Title:When Children Play: The Story of Right to PlayFormat:HardcoverDimensions:56 pages, 9.5 × 7.75 × 0.4 inPublished:June 4, 2013Publisher:Fitzhenry & WhitesideLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1554551544

ISBN - 13:9781554551545

Appropriate for ages: 10


Table of Contents

Let’s Play – Introduction
Chapter 1 – How the Red Ball Got Rolling
Chapter 2 -- The Right To Play Team
Chapter 3 – Playing the Game
Chapter 4 – A Team Anyone Can Join
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