Largest Post-Olympic Athlete Gathering in New York Highlights April 29 Right To Play Big Red Ball

Hosted by TODAY Show and NBC correspondent Willie Geist, over 25 athletes and other special guests will celebrate the children, coaches and schools impacted by Right To Play programs around the world.
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NEW YORK - April 23, 2014 - PRLog -- Right To Play, a global organization that uses sport and play programs to educate and empower children facing adversity, will host one of the largest gatherings of post-Olympic athletes on the calendar in 2014, the biennial Big Red Ball, on Tuesday, April 29th at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan. The 2014 Ball will commemorate the 20th anniversary of Johann Olav Koss’s triple world record-breaking gold medal wins at the 1994 Lillehammer Olympic Games, which was the visionary launch point to bring the power of sport and play to disadvantaged communities around the world. Koss’ Olympic success led to the founding of Right To Play in 2000.

The 2014 Big Red Ball will be hosted by TODAY Show and NBC correspondent Willie Geist, who will be joined by a legion of athletes and special guests all celebrating the children, Coaches and schools that Right To Play reaches worldwide.  The Ball will also serve as a way to congratulate the network of Olympic and professional Athlete Ambassadors on all of their amazing achievements in sport.

Confirmed Athletes to attend as of April 22 (Athletes will do a red carpet walk starting at 6:00 pm):


•          Matt Antoine, Bronze Medalist, Skeleton

•          Brittany Bowe, Bronze Medalist, Speedskating

•          Emily Cook, Olympian, Aerialist

•          Kaitlyn Farrington, Gold Medalist, Snowboarding

•          Jazmine Fenlator, Olympian, Bobsled

•          Nick Goepper, Bronze Medalist, Freestyle Skiing

•          Devin Logan, Silver Medalist, Freestyle Skiing

•          Patrick Meek, Olympian, Speedskating

•          Elana Meyers, 2-Time Olympic Medalist, Bobsled

•          Alana Nichols, Paralympic Skiing

•          Molly Schaus, Silver Medalist, Hockey

•          Anne Schleper, Silver Medalist, Hockey

•          Alex & Maia Shibutani, Olympians, Ice Dancing


•          Deirdre Murphy Bader, Olympian, Cycling (Ireland)

•          Bonnie Blair, 5-Time Gold Medalist, Speedskating

•          Joey Cheek, Gold Medalist, Speedskating

•          Sasha DiGuilian, Rock Climbing

•          Devon Harris, Olympian, Bobsled (Jamaica)

•          Sarah Hughes, Gold Medalist, Figure Skating

•          Dan Jansen, Gold Medalist, Speedskating

•          Karen Palacios-Jansen, LPGA Veteran

•          Nastia Liukin, 5-Time Olympic Medalist, Gymnastics

•          Tim Morehouse, Silver Medalist, Fencing

•          Summer Sanders, 2-Time Gold Medalist, Swimming

•          Luke Sassano, 5-Year Veteran, MLS

•          Chris Waddell, 12-Time Paralympic Medalist, Skiing

The Big Red Ball is Right To Play’s signature fundraising event that happens every Olympic year in New York City. The Ball is a seated dinner event and program highlighting the organization’s successes over the past year and convening Right To Play donors, partners and Athlete Ambassadors. All monies raised through sponsorship, ticket sales and a unique live auction go directly to the efforts of Right To Play.

About Right To Play:

Right To Play is a global organization that uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity. Through playing sports and games, Right To Play helps children in more than 20 countries to build essential life skills and better futures, while driving lasting social change. Founded in 2000 by four-time Olympic gold medalist and social entrepreneur Johann Olav Koss, Right To Play is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and has national offices in Canada, the Netherlands, Norway Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Our programs are facilitated by 600 international staff and more than 13,500 volunteer Coaches.

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