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I posted a few weeks ago about Eric Sprott and his incredible pledge to donate $100,000 for every Gold medal won by a Canadian at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. With the conclusion of the games on February 28th, and a record setting 14 Gold medals by Canadian athletes, Sprott has made his donation official. The 14 Golds means Sprott Asset Management LP and the Sprott Foundation will donate $1.4 million dollars to the Canadian Athletes Now Fund!
“Like all of Canada, I was electrified by the exceptional performance of so many of our Canadian athletes during the Vancouver games,” said Sprott. “But it’s the massive outpouring of pride Canadians are exhibiting towards our athletes that we wanted to capture with the Gold Metal Celebration. Nothing unites a Nation like sport.”
– Eric Sprott
Several (try all) major news sources in Canada have been covering the story and here are a few places to read more on Sprott and CAN Fund:
Most of you know that Eric Sprott has been my sponsor for the past two years, and this past year became my headgear sponsor. I am extremely proud to have Eric supporting me, and his pledge and commitment to sport is pretty special and something I’ve definitely never seen before.
Many of Canada’s Olympic medalists in Vancouver were recipients of CAN Funding this year. For example John Montgomery (Gold, Skeleton), Charles Hamelin (Gold, ST Speed Skating), and Joannie Rochette (Bronze, Figure Skating) were all recipients this year.
And word on the street is that Jasey Jay Anderson, the Gold medalist in Snowboarding Parallel Giant Slalom at the Vancouver Olympics and CAN Fund recipient, is at Sprott’s office in Toronto today with his Gold medal to thank Eric for his generosity. Very cool!