August 28, 2004 in Social Responsibility News

Right To Play Donation Ceremony at Olympic Rendezvous @ SAMSUNG

August 28, 2004 (Athens) - The ethos of the Olympic Movement was strong this week as the Worldwide Olympic Partner , Samsung and humanitarian NGO, Right To Play, used their influence with athletes to raise funds for children throughout the world to benefit from sports programmes.
Seong Soo (Sunny) Hwang , Director General in Sport & e-Sport Marketing Group of
Samsung Electronics offered the gift to Right To Play during the Donation Ceremony, at the Olympic Rendezvous at Samsung within the Athens Olympic Sports Complex (OAKA) . The event was also attended by Niki Xanthou as Samsung's athlete ambassador, Marnie McBean (three gold medalist in rowing) and Laura Wilkinson (gold medalist in diving).
Olympic Games spectators have been auctioning throughout the week for signed athlete memorabilia to raise money for the charity. Jenny Thompson (USA , five time gold medalist in Swimming) proved to be the most popular at the Olympic Rendezvous at Samsung by raising over 700 euros with her swimming apparel . Other items donated included
•  Signed shoes from Olympic Silver medallist Darren Campbell (Gr Britain, Athletics)

•  Signed shirt from Dimo s thenis Tambakos )

•  Signed swimming apparel from Jenny Thompson, (USA, Swimming): Five time gold medallist

•  Ball signed by Canadian Swimming Team

•  Signed cap from Alessio Boggiatto (Italy, swimming)

•  Signed racing suit from Jeroen Straathof; (Netherlands, Cycling)

•  Signed shirt from Spanish cycling legend Miguel Indurain

•  Ice hockey game sheet signed by Wayne Gretzky (Canada)

•  Speed skates signed by Johann Olav Koss

•  Signed shirt from retired athlete Stephane Diagana (France, Hurdling)

•  Football signed by Australian Football Team

•  Signed Team USA Basketball jersey

•  Shoes signed by Cathy Freeman

•  Shoes signed by Niki Xanthou (Greece, Athletics)
The auction began on Sunday, 22 August when Mr Seong Soo (Sunny) Hwang, Director General of Samsung Electronics, made a generous €2 2 ,000 donation to Right To Play President Johann Olav Koss (The four-time Olympic Gold Medallist in speed skating) to get the auction off to a great start .
Mr Il-Hyung Chang, Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer of Samsung Electronics , said “The Olympic Rendezvous at Samsung was an ideal location to collaborate with Right To Play, to raise money for the charitable cause. Thanks to both spectators and athletes using our facilities we were able to work with as many people as possible to make this happen. We are extremely proud to make a difference and contribute to the Olympic Movement .”
About the Olympic Rendezvous @ Samsung (OR@S):

OR@S is the centerpiece of Samsung's worldwide partnership of the Olympic Games and designated Official Meeting P lace for Athletes and their Families within the Athens Olympic Sports Complex (OAKA).
About Right To Play

Right To Play is an athlete-driven humanitarian organization that uses sport and play programs to foster the healthy physical, social and emotional development of children in the underprivileged places including refugee children, children affected by HIV/AIDS and former child combatants.
Contact:

Tanya Veingard (International) / Haris Makrakou (Greek)

Samsung Olympic Games Press Office

O: +30 210 003 7257

M: +30 697 225 5925 / +30 6948 800 746

E: tanya_veingard@uk.cohnwolfe.com / hmakrakou@theprteam.gr
Kathleen Doheny / Ana Shapiro

Right To Play Special Events

M: +30 697 570 3626; +30 697 570 3628

E: kdoheny@righttoplay.com / ashapiro@righttoplay.com


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