The Right To Play

KIds in Fes, Morocco

For those who Travel With Balls, the GOAL is JOY!  And nothing creates more joy for a child than play.  That’s why I was delighted to learn about an international advocacy group called Right To Play, which promotes the simple but critical idea that every child has a fundamental right to play.

These are passages from the “At a Glance” section of Right To Play’s website:

“Right To Play is committed to every child’s right to play. We give children a chance to become constructive participants in society, regardless of gender, disability, ethnicity, social background or religion. Through games and sports, we help create social change in communities affected by war, poverty and disease. 

A team of top athletes from more than 40 countries support Right To Play. As role models, these athletes inspire children and raise awareness about Right To Play internationally. Our aim is to engage key decision-makers from the development, sport, business, media and government sectors and further ensure every child benefits from the positive power of sport and play.

Each week, more than 700,000 children take part in regular sport and play activities and a combined total of more than 1 million children attend regular programming and special sports events and festivals. This is made possible by more than 15,000 local Coaches, Teachers and Leaders.”

We who live in the developed world tend to take play for granted.  We have playgrounds, sports teams, play dates, games, toys and parks for our kids.  But in many impoverished or war-torn regions of the globe, children have none of these things.  And because of their dire circumstances, many of these children really don’t have childhoods at all — they’re forced to work long hours in fields or factories from the time they are very small.

Right To Play is working to change all that, and to give every child the chance to experience a bit of joy.   Check out their website at to learn more.

Peace & Blessings,