Educating and empowering youth creates lasting change, that’s the message ADSB students heard Thursday morning as part of The Right To Play program. Chris Bird, a sitting national volleyball athlete is on a tour of 10 elementary schools and 2,000 local students promoting the importance of an active lifestyle and play time.
This is one of 200 student focused presentations that Right To Play delivers along side elite Canadian athletes to schools across Canada. With sporting heroes on-hand to inspire and motivate, the speakers series educates on the Right To Play programs, the international Sport for development and peace movement and show students how to participate in Global citizenship.
The speaker series kicks off the two- part Junior Leader Initiative .
Chris Bird was a special speaker at Queen Elizabeth Public School where students heard about an accident that left the young athlete with just one leg following an automobile accident that ejected the then 15 year old from the vehicle. To save his life, his leg needed to be amputated. Now 30, and part of a national sitting volleyball team Chris began being part of adaptive sports following his accident. Four years ago, Chris was invited to be part of the national sitting volleyball team for the first time. He fell in love with the sport and was made a member of the national team. He counts himself as being very fortunate to have the opportunity to travel and represent Canada with teammates from across the country.
Right to Play created the Junior Leader Initiative dedicated to developing young people’s leadership skills. This initiative is designed to give students a chance to rise to challenges of leadership by facilitating games and discussions about creating a peaceful school community.
Right To Play was founded in 2000 by social entrepreneur and four time Olympic gold medalists Johann Olav Koss. Right to Play uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity .