The young star has founded his very own charity, and now he’s putting it to work to help raise funds to put towards various organizations. We got to talk with Ryan about the upcoming Chance to Play 2012 soccer game. See what he had to say about it, and other questions we had about his skills!
Fanlala: Can you tell us about the Chance to Play 2012 event you’ll be participating in?
Ryan Potter: Chance to Play was started by myself and Kyle Weiss. We raise funds for charity organizations, and it’s a fun way to get the public to come out and participate in a whole bunch of fun activities.
F: Your charity, Toy Box of Hope, helped start this event. What other events has TBoH helped with in the past?
RP: It’s still very new, but last year we did two toy drives which included some great people. Big Time Rush’s Stephen Glickman came out, so did my own castmates. We got just over 500 toys distributed to organizations like OPCC, Covenent House, and the Salvation Army. we also raised $2,000 towards more toys.
F: There are a lot of stars who will be at this event, do you know who’s going to be on your team, yet?
RP: I will be there, so will my castmates.
The teams are still being figured out. I think there are some rivalries spawning, though. Carlos is competetive; he doesn’t want to be on the same team as me. We’re always trying to one up each other. We both take Connect Four very seriously. I don’t think he’s going to best me this time around...
F: What age did you begin your martial arts training, and what inspired you to do so?
RP: I started when I was eight-years-old, so about eight-and-a-half years ago, and I’ve been taking it ever since. I just wanted more physical activity in my life, and I was interested in martial arts. So I went to this place that was in my neighborhood, close by.
F: You’ve impressed us with your Kung Fu skills before, what kind of tournaments or events have you been able to take them to?
RP: I’ve never actually publically gone to events. It’s mostly been training for myself. I don’t do the flashy forms of it, I just take it for myself, and learn martial arts to defend myself.
I do teach classes, however. I teach two children’s classes in LA. They’re taught by a senior ranking teacher and myself. We make sure they’re not only learning the physical aspect of Kung Fu, but the mental and spiritual sides of it as well.
Ryan wanted to make sure his fans stay tuned to Chance to Play and all of their activities. They’re always giving away free tickets, as well as hosting competitions and raffles. There are tons of ways to get involved. Interactive events see which fans can raise the most money. The winning teams even get a chance to play side-by-side with their favorite celebrities!
We’re super proud of Ryan and what he’s doing to help those less fortunate. Good luck at your game! We know you’ll stomp ‘em!