Robyn Regehr has read about travesties that have taken place across Africa.
War, disease and other difficulties kids have faced growing up that many people in North America can't fathom.
So when the opportunity arose for Regehr to go overseas to help, he jumped at it.
The Calgary Flames defenceman will venture to Mozambique this summer to visit with children in Right to Play programs. Regehr, along with fellow NHL blueline giant Zdeno Chara, will get to see what kind of impact organized sports is having on other aspects of the kids' lives.
"I've read a few books. Shake hands with the Devil was one of them, by Romeo Dallaire -- the Canadian general that was in charge in Rwanda," Regehr said.
"And I think A Long Way Gone was the next book I read. It's about child soldiers over in Africa.
"You read stuff like that, and it's very disturbing to me.
"Right to Play is very involved in Africa. Their mandate is they want to try to create a better, safer world, especially for kids. They do that through sport and a safe place to play."
Regehr feels it's important for him to see how the work done by Right to Play impacts communities across Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
"When I speak to people afterwards, I want to be able to speak from experience, not just have read something about it," said Regehr, who has lived in or visited five continents and is excited to add a sixth. to his travel experience.
Chara's Boston Bruins teammate Andrew Ference and Florida Panthers defenceman Steve Montador, both former Flames, went to Tanzania last summer.
Hearing their stories convinced Regehr it was something he wanted to be part of.
This summer, he'll be telling the stories.