In January 2015, Points kicked off our company-wide Corporate Social Responsibility strategy, known as Points for Good. We’ve been making incredible progress on its three goals: to help our employees get personally involved in doing good in our community, to shout out our employees who already volunteer in their spare time, and to partner with international organizations to impact meaningful change as a company.

But what would a Points initiative be without a dash of healthy competition? From April to December of 2015, we held our first-ever Points For Good Competition. Using a Points-built online tracking system, employees logged their hours spent doing good over nine months. Points were awarded for activities like volunteering, participating in a company-organized charitable event, and organizing their own volunteer activity. By the close of the competition, we had collectively logged more than 500 hours of volunteer time.

The 50 employees with the highest scores were entered into a draw for the grand prize: a 6-day trip to Ghana with our champion charity, Right to Play, to visit local communities and see the transformative power of sport and play in action. After a few months of planning and prepping, our lucky winners, Chioma and Roz, are now en route to the volunteer opportunity of a lifetime!

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These selfless Pointsters got involved in all sorts of volunteer activities to win the Points for Good competition. Roz organizes regular blood donation clinics for Points employees and other donors, and has personally completed 95 donations. She also volunteers for our Points Holiday Toy Drive, teaches kids’ karate classes and referees at tournaments.

Chioma made her way up the Points for Good leaderboard by volunteering at the Hope Volleyball Tournament, in our Holiday Toy Drive, at the Pan Am games, as stage manager for a local theatre’s community carnival, on the Big Bike for the Heart & Stroke Foundation, and by selling 50/50 tickets for Right To Play at a Raptors game.

In Ghana, our winners will visit three Right to Play field locations: the Junior Correctional Center in the capital city of Accra, the Early Child and Basic school in Obom community, and Three Kings Special School in Battor. Chioma and Roz will have the opportunity to see and participate in Right to Play’s sport- and play-based methodology, teaching kids and youth essential life skills as diverse as tolerance, teamwork, communication, resilience, and hygiene.

We’re so excited to hear more from our Points for Good winners as they experience life in the field with Right to Play. Stay tuned this week as we bring you photos and stories from #PointsInGhana!