Photo courtesy Right to Play
Kayaker Adam van Koeverden has been quite busy since winning a silver medal at the London Olympics. He’s been on a speaking tour, interned at an ad agency, advocated for Parkinson’s disease, insulated his cabin, appeared on a adventure television show, taken guitar lessons, and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in an effort to raise money an awareness for the nonprofit Right to Play, which uses sports to better the lives of disadvantaged children.
“James Dodds, a guy from Toronto, wanted to raise money for Right to Play and thought [climbing Kilimanjaro] would be a good way to do it. I was offered the role of Athlete Ambassador, and I took it,” he told Canoe & Kayak magazine in a recent interview. “It would be my third trip to Africa, and I knew I could help promote the Right to Play. I’m not a social worker, I don’t have those skills, but I have gone to see Right to Play at work–to get dirt under my fingernails–and can attest to, and promote, the awesome job they do. The goal was $100K, and we raised about $130K.”
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