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Hoodie now available to purchase at StarsStore.com and at PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT

ONCHAN, Isle of Man – April 30, 2019 – The charitable giving arm of The Stars Group, Helping Hands, and its long-standing charity partner Right To Play have created a limited-edition hoodie to raise funds for some of the most vulnerable children around the world.

The hoodie honours a young boy from Eritrea who, 25 years ago, was noticed for his popularity in the playground by visiting speedskater Johann Koss. When asked why this might be, the boy explained that it was because he owned a hoodie that could be tied into a football. This provided Koss with the inspiration to found Right To Play, now a global charity that has transformed the lives of millions of children around the world through the power of sports and play.

One hundred per cent of the profits from all sales of the hoodie, which when tied into a ball is dubbed ‘The Ball that Changed the World’, will be donated to Right To Play. The special hoodie is priced at $40 and is available to purchase in red or black at StarsStore.com and at the pop up store at PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT.
“The story behind the hoodie shows how just one small initiative can change a child’s life,” said Sue Hammett, Head of Corporate Giving for The Stars Group. “The hoodie is very special to us. We’re grateful that we are able to work with Right To Play and contribute to supporting the 1.9 million children their work reaches every week.”

“We have worked on numerous initiatives over the years, from quizzes to celebrity poker tournaments, and have raised more than £1.7 million for Right To Play so far. We look forward to seeing players wearing the hoodie and encourage everyone to share photos and videos of themselves wearing and trying their skills with it. Join us just ahead of the charity tournament at EPT Monte Carlo for a special photo!”

“Play is something that comes so naturally to children and is vital for their learning and development”, said Neil Child-Dyer, Senior Partnerships Manager at Right To Play. “Sadly not all children have the opportunity to play, learn and grow due to war, poverty and disease. When our Founder met the young boy in Eritrea 25 years ago he saw that all children no matter what their circumstances want to play, to be children and have the opportunity to rise above their challenges. Fast forward 25 years and Right To Play is using play to educate, empower and protect nearly two million children every week across Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Thanks to The Stars Group and the fantastic generosity of their employees and players, we are able to create lasting impact by educating and empowering children with the knowledge and skills to drive change in their lives, their families and their communities. By purchasing this hoodie you will contributing to this lasting impact for some of the most underprivileged children on the planet.”

Players attending EPT Monte Carlo will be some of the first to get their hands on the item at the pop-up Stars Store, which is open daily from 13:30 to 22:00, and from 15:00 – 19:00 on the final day.

Players in Monte Carlo can also support Right To Play in the €300 buy-in charity tournament on April 30. Prizes on offer include a package to EPT Barcelona worth €8,766, and to the EPT Open Madrid worth €2,510. Other prizes include an EPT National ticket worth €1,100, a Win The Button ticket worth €550, and a hotel stay and dinner kindly donated by the PokerStars travel team.

Right To Play uses play to educate, empower and protect nearly two million disadvantaged children every week. PokerStars, the flagship poker brand of The Stars Group, and Right To Play first partnered in 2014 and have raised more than £1.7 million thanks to donations from Helping Hands as well as the generosity of employees and players.

To purchase a hoodie, visit the Stars Store.

To find out more visit ‘The Ball that Changed the World’ webpage.

For further information, please contact press@pokerstars.com

About Helping Hands

Helping Hands is the corporate giving programme for The Stars Group and its brands. Launched in 2013, it aims to give back to local and global communities and enable positive change. Since then, Helping Hands has donated more than $9 million to charities around the world.

The Stars Group owns or licenses gaming and related consumer businesses and brands, including PokerStars, PokerStars Casino, BetStars, Full Tilt, Sky Bet, Sky Vegas, Sky Casino, Sky Bingo, Sky Poker and BetEasy as well as live poker tour and event brands, including the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship, European Poker Tour, PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Latin American Poker Tour, Asia Pacific Poker Tour, PokerStars Festival and PokerStars MEGASTACK. The Stars Group is one of the world’s most licensed online gaming operators with its subsidiaries collectively holding licenses or approvals in 21 jurisdictions throughout the world, including in Europe, Australia, and the Americas.

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About Right To Play

Right To Play is a global charity that uses sport and play to improve the lives of vulnerable children in some of the world’s poorest communities. Each child deserves the chance to succeed and thrive in life but every day millions of children are challenged by poverty, war, disease and poor education. These challenges put their futures at risk and rob them of their potential. Right To Play gives them back that chance. Using sport and play we make education accessible and fun, teaching children critical life skills, how to resolve conflicts without violence and how to avoid disease.

Right To Play trains local volunteers and teachers as Right To Play ‘coaches’ to deliver critical education programmes in their communities. This way 32,000 teachers and coaches can reach 1.9 million children every week in 15 countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

We strive to educate, empower and protect children living in disadvantaged communities.

We believe in a future for every child driven by opportunity, empowerment and possibility.

To find out more: www.righttoplay.org.uk