Lisa Gives Kids The Right To Play

Right to PlayTo encourage students to give back to those that are less fortunate, the Los Angeles Sparks teamed up with the Right To Play organization at Morningside High School in Inglewood, Calif., on Thursday, May 28.

“It was an exciting day for our team,” Sparks President Kristin Bernert said. “We look forward to partnering with Right To Play, and moving forward with them. We believe deeply in the values they espouse.”

Morningside High School alumna Lisa Leslie, who was named an Athlete Ambassador for Right To Play, highlighted the event.

“It is an honor to work with Right To Play,” Leslie said. She encouraged the students to dream big, give back to their community and set goals for themselves.

“I wrote down my goals, stayed focused, and I was able to get where I wanted to be in high school,” Leslie said. “I know there is somebody here who wants to do better. I encourage them to write down there goals, it will help them to achieve what they want.”

Right to PlayLeslie spoke to the students about her own experience at Morningside High School. Both her and teammate Tina Thompson attended Morningside High School and Lisa finds time each year to go back and host events.

During this trip back to Morningside, Leslie, Thompson and teammates DeLisha Milton-Jones, Noelle Quinn and Jessica Moore worked with the Right To Play organization to give students more information about what Right To Play stands for and an idea of the impact they can have on others.

Right To Play is an international humanitarian organization that uses sport and play programs to improve health, develop life skills and foster peace for children and communities in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world.

During the event, the students were shown videos of how Right To Play has helped children all over the world.

The student’s excitement built as they were also able to participate side by side with the Sparks in a few of the play programs that the organization uses in their work. The day was wrapped up with a question and answer segment, pictures and autographs by the Spark players.

“The event was not only inspirational for the kids but also for our players because they got to see the kids really get into it,” Bernert said. “They see the difference that they make and that is something that motivates our players to want to do more.”