It all began with a boy in a long sleeve t-shirt...

It was only a few months before the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics, when Norwegian speed skater Johann Olav Koss led a humanitarian trip to Eritrea. As an ambassador of the organisation Olympic Aid (later to become Right To Play) Johann came face-to-face with the realities of life in a country emerging from decades of war.

As children played amidst burned out tanks one boy with a long sleeved t-shirt stood out and crystallised an idea for Johann that wrote the future of Right To Play:

Fast forward 25 years and Right To Play is helping to educate, empower and protect nearly two million children every week across 15 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, all through play. Through playing sport, creative play and structured games vulnerable children are able to access a quality education, cope with severe adversity and find the confidence to stand up and be heard as advocates for their own rights.

To honour the boy with the long sleeves Right To Play, and our longstanding partner The Stars Group, have created a limited edition hoodie with proceeds of all sales going to support the most vulnerable children in Right To Play programmes.

By purchasing this hoodie you are helping us provide children with safe spaces to play, learn and gain the confidence and skills to increase their opportunities in life.

The hoodie is available to purchase online.

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We want to see images of you with your own ‘Ball that changed the world’ so please upload a photo of you wearing, folding or playing with your hoodie #RightToPlay

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There are a few other ways you can get involved too. Help us to reach more children affected by conflict, poverty and disease