The Toronto Raptors announced Friday that Jose Calderon has been named as a Right To Play Athlete Ambassador.

Right To Play is an athlete-driven international humanitarian organization that uses sport and play as a tool for the development of children and youth in the most disadvantaged areas of the world.

Jose Calderon, Toronto Raptors.
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Led by four-time Olympic gold medalist and Right To Play President and CEO Johann Olav Koss, the organization is committed to improving the lives of these children and their communities by translating the best practices of sport and play into opportunities to promote development, health and peace.

“All Raptors fans know the incredible passion, commitment and energy that Jose Calderon brings with him every time he steps on the court,” said Koss. “These are the same qualities that are so inspirational for children in our programs across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and it’s why we’re so thrilled to welcome Jose as our newest Athlete Ambassador.

“The support Right To Play has received from the Raptors and all of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment is just outstanding, and we look forward to benefiting from Jose’s involvement for years to come.”

A native of Spain, Calderon will support various Right To Play initiatives that teach and encourage important life skills to underprivileged youth around the world.

"We're honored to have Jose represent the Raptors as a Right To Play Athlete Ambassador," said Raptors President and General Manager Bryan Colangelo. "Jose has already demonstrated he is an exemplary community leader through his involvement with NBA Cares and the Raptors Foundation initiatives. He epitomizes the role of an athlete ambassador and with basketball's global appeal Jose can continue to make a difference in many of the world's most disadvantaged regions."

Calderon joins Toronto Maple Leafs player Alex Steen and players from Major League Soccer's Toronto FC as Athlete Ambassadors.

Media Contacts:
Rajani Kamath, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd., (416) 815-5790
Mark Brender, Right To Play, (416) 498-1922, ext. 257