Video collaboration connects athletes to Rwandan children

Polycom, which specialises in open standards-based unified communications (UC) has organised a series of charity events.

In partnership with Right To Play, a global organisation that uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity, Polycom is hosting a face-to-face live video conversation between Rwandan children and world-class athletes, to be held at its London Executive Experience Centre (EEC) on 2 August 2012. This and other events are designed to reflect this summer’s focus on excellence in sport, and extending the theme beyond the UK through the use of HD video collaboration solutions to young people across the globe.

As an extension to its already existing philanthropic relationship with humanitarian organisation Right To Play, Polycom will connect Right To Play Athlete Ambassadors in London with children in Rwanda. Using Polycom video solutions, athletes such as Canadian cyclist Clara Hughes, an Olympic gold medalist, will talk to children affected by war, poverty, and disease to share their passion for sport and to serve as an inspiration for children in challenging surroundings. The purpose of the dialogue is to inspire and encourage the potential of each child by having them see and hear directly from world-class professional athletes about their successes, learn how they overcame obstacles, and what they are doing today to support fairness and team play.

“Besides just the enjoyment sports can give, and even the distraction it can provide in areas that are marked by war and other adverse conditions, sports can help develop leadership skills and teamwork,” said Johann Olav Koss, Right To Play founder and a four-time Olympic gold medalist. “We use the power of sports and play to change the lives of children around the world, and our partnership with Polycom will enable us to reach even more children through the use of video collaboration. In addition to the strong partnership we announced earlier this year, Right To Play and Polycom will help spread the spirit of this summer of sports across the world, and create a real and meaningful impact for children who will have a chance to speak with elite athletes.”

“Video collaboration significantly amplifies the impact of Right To Play programs and provides an option that simply didn’t exist before,” said Gary Rider, President EMEA, Polycom. “Our partnership with Right To Play reflects Polycom’s commitment to bringing people together through the power of visual collaboration and aligns with our vision to make video collaboration ubiquitous in a more connected world."

Polycom and Right To Play will also host an ‘Opening Ceremony Celebration’ in London on July 27 to kick-start the summer activities planned. Skeleton-sledging champions and Athlete Ambassadors Shelly Rudman and Kristian Bromley will attend the event and host a silent auction in support of the cause. Furthermore, Polycom will also facilitate exclusive live events at its London EEC for individual Right To Play supporters. Founded in 2000, the organization that promotes the power of sport and play for development, health, and peace, is expected to surpass more than one million children participating weekly in Right To Play programs by the end of 2012.


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