Polycom Foundation expands global
humanitarian organization's outreach to children in more than 20 countries
through donation of Polycom RealPresence video solutions to enable
face to face training of regional coaches.
Polycom, the global leader in
open standards-based unified communications (UC), announced a philanthropic
partnership with Right To Play, an international humanitarian organization that
uses the transformative power of sport and play to give hope and teach
essential skills to children living in communities affected by war, poverty,
and disease. Polycom is donating Polycom RealPresence video
collaboration solutions to Right To Play to expand the reach of their programs
by improving global communications throughout the organization; connecting
teachers, coaches, and community leaders with staff throughout the world; and
directly linking donors to see the impact of their support.
trained local coaches and community leaders means more children around the
world will be able to participate in Right To Play programs," said Johann
Olav Koss, Right To Play founder and a four-time Olympic gold medalist.
"Polycom's support and video collaboration technology will further
strengthen our programs and help us use the power of sport and play to
transform the lives of so many more children. With the ability to use video for
training and other initiatives, we can reach even more children and get them
playing and succeeding in life".
in 2000, Right To Play has developed projects in more than 20 countries in
Africa, Asia, South America and the Middle East. In 2012, the organization is
expected to surpass more than 1 million children participating weekly in Right
To Play programs. Koss, who serves as president and CEO, has inspired an
international team of 350 athletes – including Bonnie Blair, five-time Olympic
gold medalist in speed skating – to serve as Athlete Ambassadors and assist in
fundraising for Right To Play projects.
To Play's mission is uplifting and their approach innovative and
collaborative," said Geri Mitchell-Brown, director of Philanthropy and
Community Relations, Polycom. "Our partnership with Right To Play reflects
Polycom's commitment to bringing people together through the power of visual
communication and aligns with our vision to make video collaboration ubiquitous
in a more connected world. Right To Play is positively affecting the lives of
children who need our help the most and we are honored to be able to contribute
to this worthy cause".