POSTED: April 28th 2014

Right To Play: Big Red Ball gathers a host of Olympians for benefit event

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Right To Play’s Big Red Ball, set for 29 April at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan, N.Y., is expected to draw the largest gathering of post-Olympic athletes in 2014.

Using sport to educate and empower children facing adversity, Right To Play puts on activities in more than 20 countries around the world. This year’s Big Red Ball will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Johann Olav Koss’ triple world-breaking gold medal wins at Lillehammer 1994, which directly led to the founding of Right To Play in 2000.

Willie Geist of NBC and the TODAY Show will host the Ball, with famed attendees including Sochi 2014 bronze medalists Matt Antoine (Skeleton), Brittany Bowe (Speedskating),  and Nick Goepper (Freestyle Skiing), silver medalists Devin Logan (Freestyle Skiing), Molly Schaus (Hockey), and Anne Schleper (Hockey), and gold medalist Kaitlyn Farrington (Snowboarding).

Right To Play hosts the Big Red Ball, a seated dinner event highlighting Right To Play’s efforts to drive social change, during each Olympic year. Right To Play donors, partners, and Athlete Ambassadors attend the Ball, while money raised at the fundraising event will support Right To Play in the future. Right To Play will also recognise the achievements of the network of Olympic and professional Athlete ambassadors.

Other Olympic athletes scheduled to attend the Ball include Emily Cook (Aerialist), Jazmine Fenlator (Bobsled), Patrick Meek (Speedskating), Elana Meyers (Bobsled), Alana Nichols (Paralympic Skiing), Alex and Maia Shibutani (Ice Dancing), Deirdre Murphy Bader (Cycling), Bonnie Blair (Speedskating), Joey Cheek (Speedskating), Devon Harris (Bobsled), Sarah Hughes (Figure Skating), Dan Jansen (Speedskating), Nastia Lukin (Gymnastics), Time Morehouse (Fencing), Summer Sanders (Swimming), and Paralympian Chris Waddell (Skiing).

Keywords · Right To Play · New York · Olympics · Olympian · Olympians · Sochi 2014 · Lillehammer 1994 · Big Red Ball ·

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