Mississipi Million

The Great River Rowed

Right To Play


By Johann Olav Kloss, Founder of Right To Play

President and CEO of Right To Play, Johann Olav Kloss, is one of the greatest winter athletes of all time. He is a four-times Olympic Gold Medalist. Johann has grown Right To Play into an internationally recognised non-government organisation. RTP is committed to using the transformative power of play in order to teach important life lessons and develop skills for children growing up in disadvantaged areas around the world. 

Learning to Play

“Helping children learn about tolerance and peace through play, improving academic performance by using games as a tool for education and fostering physical, cognitive and social development are integral to our mission”’ explains Johann. “Working with local communities, we promote health, teach conflict resolution and deliver programmes in more than 20 countries affected by war, poverty and disease in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and North America.”


The Mississippi Million Marathon

“When John first suggested the idea I thought it was a great challenge.” says Johann. “It’s an ideal fit. I love the idea of this man undertaking an exceptionally hard challenge in a difficult sport. This is a great tool to raise funds and awareness for children who have no access to sport or play in their lives.”

“I didn’t quite comprehend the magnitude of the challenge at first but the more I thought about it the more difficult I realised this would be, even for an expert rower such as John,” admits Johann. “The boat itself will not make it easy, plus the sheer slog of rowing every single day for months in those weather conditions. Also the unpredictable nature of a river like the Mississippi all add up to make this an exceptional challenge”

“Rowing alongside him will certainly be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for anyone who dares themselves to take part.”