Lenovo is donating ThinkPad notebooks to "Right To Play," an athlete-driven international humanitarian organization that uses sport and play as tools for the development of children and youth in the most disadvantaged areas of the world.

In support of the recent donation made by Lenovo Champion and Team USA speedskating gold medalist Joey Cheek, Lenovo is providing the organization with 20 ThinkPad notebooks that supported athletes at the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games.

Lenovo is the preferred provider of personal computing equipment for Right to Play, and the ThinkPad notebooks will be used for operations in Right To Play local and regional offices, including its newest locations in Dubai, Uganda and Bangkok.

"Lenovo has been a great contributor to athlete causes during the Olympic Winter Games in Torino," said Cheek. "With this donation, Right To Play will have reliable notebook PC technology to support volunteer activities all over the world."

Right To Play operates programs in 23 countries to foster healthy physical, social and emotional development of children and young people, and to build safer communities. The organization sent 77 international volunteers into the field in 2005, and together with local coaches, reached approximately 500,000 children and youth on a weekly basis to teach them about teamwork, respect, self-esteem and personal health.

Lenovo's contribution will help build a sustainable infrastructure for programs by supporting reliable access to information, securing communications between local, regional and headquarter locations, and providing support to share data, photos, and other information.

"Lenovo's support symbolizes the spirit of the Olympic Games and the power of sport," said Johann Olav Koss, four-time Olympic gold medalist, President and CEO, Right To Play. "Using ThinkPad notebooks, Right To Play International Volunteers will conduct more productive operations and be able to reach even more children. These tools will allow us to better leverage our knowledge throughout the organization to create new opportunities in other regions."


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