NLL announces Right To Play Weekend on March 20-21

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League teams up with global organization to raise awareness & funds for charitable initiatives

(ISN) – The National Lacrosse League (NLL) has announced Right To Play Weekend from March 20-21, which features four games on the NLL Week 12 schedule. The league will raise awareness and funds for Right To Play, a Canadian development organization that uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children around the world.


The weekend will be highlighted by a team-signed jersey auction on along with a Right To Play presence at the games in Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto, including ceremonial face-offs, 50/50 raffles, in-game activation elements and promotion on the league’s digital and social media.


“This is going to be a great weekend and we’re grateful for the investment of time and support that the NLL and its players give to Right To Play,” said Lori Smith, National Director, Right To Play Canada. “We believe play has the power to transform a child’s life, and we’re very proud that the NLL shares that conviction. This weekend is a chance for fans to learn more about our international work and about how our partnership with the NLL and its players is empowering young people in Canada.”


“We’re very proud to support such a tremendous charity with Right To Play Weekend,” said George Daniel, NLL Commissioner. “The work being done to serve youth through sport is inspiring, especially the Lacrosse For Development program, which our players, teams and league have really embraced.”


A number of current and former NLL players support Right To Play’s Lacrosse For Development program, which aims to enrich the lives of underserved youth, particularly in Indigenous communities. Calgary Roughnecks captain Andrew McBride is a Right To Play Athlete Ambassador and has visited the organization’s programs in both West Africa and First Nations communities in Canada.


“Right To Play is such a fantastic organization that really uses sport to help kids around the world,” McBride said. “I’m really excited that I can share the ability to play lacrosse and use that to teach the kids some of the lessons that Right To Play is all about.”


NLL team-signed jersey auctions (ending on Monday, March 23 at 3:45 PM ET)


Buffalo Bandits:

Calgary Roughnecks:

Colorado Mammoth:

Edmonton Rush:

Minnesota Swarm:

New England Black Wolves:

Rochester Knighthawks:

Toronto Rock:

Vancouver Stealth:


Right To Play Weekend in NLL Week 12


Friday, March 20

New England Black Wolves at Calgary Roughnecks – 9:00 PM


Saturday, March 21

Edmonton Rush at Toronto Rock – 7:30 PM

Minnesota Swarm at Buffalo Bandits – 7:30 PM

Colorado Mammoth at Vancouver Stealth – 10:00 PM


About Right To Play

Right To Play is a global organization, using the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity. Through playing sports and games, Right To Play helps over one million children learn through play to create better futures, while driving lasting social change in more than 20 countries each week. Founded in 2000 by social entrepreneur and four-time Olympic gold medalist Johann Olav Koss, Right To Play is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and has national fundraising offices in Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Regional offices are in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Our programs are facilitated by more than 600 international staff and 16,400 local volunteer Coaches. Programming in Canada includes the enhancement of education in priority schools and the Promoting Life-skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program, which is partnered with 57 First Nations communities and urban Aboriginal organizations across Ontario and Manitoba.