Right To Play

  Aired on ABC: June 2nd, 2012

Synopsis

He has won four Olympic gold medals, graced the cover of Time magazine and been honored as Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated, yet if you say the name Johann Olav Koss in this country, you’ll usually be met with a casual shrug. Instead of cashing in on his Olympic haul, Koss embarked on a remarkable journey that has established him as one of the world’s greatest ambassadors of[...]sports. As the founder, President and CEO of Right To Play, Koss and his army of volunteers, teachers, coaches and diplomats have used the power of athletics to elevate the lives of the world’s neediest children. As it turns out, Frank Marshall, one of Hollywood’s most acclaimed producers and a member of the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, witnessed in person Koss’s triumphs on the ice at the 1994 Lillehammer Olympic Games. Now, as part of ESPN Films’ “30 for 30″ series, Marshall will reveal the epiphany that led Koss to work towards ensuring that every child has the Right To Play.

  • Cast: Johann Olav Koss, Eric Heiden, Dan Jansen, Bonnie Blair, Silken Laumann, Peter Coyote (narrator)
  • Director: Frank Marshall
  • Writer: Aaron Cohen
  • Producers: Gary Cohen, Matt McDonald
  • Executive Producer: Mike Tollin
  • Editor: Ryan Suffern