A Safe Space to Grow

By Katherine Adams

Freeman White Jr has taken the opportunity to visit his home town of Whitefish Bay, this time working with Right to Play under Kenora Chiefs Advisory.

“I wish that I had this when I was a kid,” he said in an interview with Virginia Loon.

Right to Play was founded in 2000 by Olympic gold medalist Johann Olav Koss and has since grown worldwide. Right to Play serves 85 First Nation communities in Canada.

He said his goal is to provide a safe space to play and learn including sports, cooking classes and a place to do homework.

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Freeman White Jr. participates in many sports activities, including baseball (Photo Credit: John White)

“I have hopes that Right to Play can inspire youth to achieve their wildest dreams, either through the programs or just by talking with the kids that are involved,” he said.

Currently he comes to the school to Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. Starting in mid-January, he will be here on Saturdays to coordinate volleyball games with nearby reserves under the program.

He said he would like to deliver this program to ages 6-12, which is what the “After School Program” is designed for, but persons of all ages are welcome.

“I am aware that there are other programs that are being delivered to youth on a daily basis.  I would hope to collaborate with them and not compete,” he said.

He is here with the program for ten months from November 5th to August 31st.

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