CALGARY, AB -- Calgary Flames defenceman Jay Bouwmeester will be spending a week in Ghana with Right To Play, an organization which strives to improve the lives of children in impoverished areas of the world through the power of sport and play.
Over the course of the week, Bouwmeester will travel around Ghana's capital city Accra. He will learn about and participate in the regular programs ran by Right To Play's local volunteers in Accra, Dodowa, Obom and Battor.
In addition to these regular programs, the rearguard will also take in a girl's coaching clinic, a Play Day and will have the opportunity to speak with local coaches and players to see how Right To Play has impacted their lives.
Right To Play has received tremendous support from NHL players over the years, ranging from field visits like Bouwmeester's to their Donations For Minutes campaign which sees players donate based on their minutes in a regular season game.
"Field visits, like Jay’s, allow our Athlete Ambassadors to witness the profound impact their support has on communities around the world, while also educating them on Right To Play’s programs- enabling them to become better Ambassadors for the organization," Right To Play Athlete and Media Relations Officer Ashton Lawrence told CalgaryFlames.com in an email.
"Regardless of whether an athlete competes in a summer or winter discipline, they’ve all experienced the positive impact sport has had on their lives. They are the perfect spokespeople for Right To Play, embodying the best values of sport."