Toronto Plays-Right To Play-Thurs.,June 5th, 2014@The Burroughes

A special thank you goes out to Kathleen Cymek for the hospitality and invite to the Toronto Plays-Right To Play event. On Thursday June 5, 2014, Right to Play held their third annual charity event. This year’s location was held at The Burroughes building in Toronto, Ontario.


The theme was Las Vegas style games with an open bar, great music and an assortment of mouth-watering snacks! This was held by a group of young professionals and assistance from Natasha Staniszewski, host of SportsCentre, TSN’s flagship news and information show and David Amber anchor for NHL on the Fly of the NHL Network. The purpose of this event was to raise funds for Right to Play – an international humanitarian organization that uses transformative power of sports and play to educate and empower children facing adversity.

As I had a chance to wander and observe the number of individuals that came out to support such a wonderful cause, I had a chance to reflect upon my personal experiences of how sports assist in the creation of empowerment within children. I remember my first team event; basketball was my sport of choice. I remember being one of the smaller players, but being very good in getting the ball to the basket and getting the ball to the outside of the key. I remember the team spirit and everyone cheering each other on. I remember creating strong lasting friendships, which to this day we still have. I realize that through sports, the volunteers are creating a strong sense of community, a sense of belonging, a sense of empowerment. I again look around the room, I see the poker tables, dart area, tables of social conversation, and look at all the smiling and joyful faces of these young professionals, and realize that all the people here have also understood the power of sports and how they create empowerment.
This is year number three and already there is a packed house. Toronto Plays aspires to raise $20,000 for this amazing cause, and with the number of people, I’m sure they soon will!