I'm going to drift a little from the hockey cards for this post but I hope you stay with me on this one. I'd love to get your opinions and thoughts when I'm through.
Tonight I read, for lack of a better term, a rant. A rant ranging in subjects. But as I read this rant all I could see was negative, negative, negative. It left me thinking about it for a while. I'll admit - it bothered me.
This part I'll be brief with.
Yes we live in a world where some crappy things happen. Shady this and illegal that. People who don't claim responsibility or flaunt and abuse the power they've been given. But I whole-heartedly believe that for every negative "front page story" out there, there are many more positive ones out there. They just aren't what sell. It's a shame.
There are some people who have done some pretty amazing things - inspired not just one or two people, but hundreds or thousands. There are some people who have not just offered some of their time for a cause, but have dedicated their lives to something they believe in. There are some people who use their position in life (be it as a pro athlete, businessman, trade worker or even healthy human being) to breath positiveness into this world.
They deserve more face time.
And so I am starting a new topic on this blog. And I'm calling it "One Of The Good Guys".
The goal of these posts is to simply give a person, organization or event that positively influences our world their "15 minutes" on my blog.
Now because my blog is sport related, I will stick to that subject (but there are a bunch of non-sport examples out there.....I promise you).
For my first post, I'm going to focus on a person named Johann Olav Koss.
But his story isn't just about speed skating. In fact, when all is said and done, he might become better known for something other than skating.
In 1992, Johann was the lead Athlete Ambassador of an organization called Olympic Aid. An awareness and fundraising program to help war-torn countries. Koss became so inspired by this program that in addition to donating his time, he donated his olympic gold winnings to the cause and challenged fellow athletes to do the same. An unprecedented $18 million was raised.
In 2000, Olympic Aid became Right To Play. Their mission statement:
To improve the lives of children in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world by using the power of sport and play for development, health and peace.
Each year, Right To Play reach close to 835,000 children in more than 20 countries in regular weekly activities. By the end of 2012 they have a goal of reaching 1,000,000 children on a weekly basis.
Their activities are facilitated by nearly 12.00 volunteer coaches, leaders and teachers. They encourage leadership at all levels. Junior leaders (some as young as 8-years-old) have become empowered through participating in Right To Play programs.
I chose Right To Play and Johann Olav Koss because I recently saw a fantastic ESPN documentary on the story of Right To Play.
I highly - HIGHLY recommend it.
Johann Olav Koss - One Of The Good Guys!
Now, if you've lasted this long I thank you. I want to hear from you.
Your thoughts on the topic in general. Your thoughts on some of the positive role models or organizations out there that are truly making a difference. I'm not looking to change people. I'm looking to give good stories, good people and good organizations their "15 minutes".
Thanks for your time.
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