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Soccer icon Christine Sinclair launches foundation to help ‘girls with goals’ | NanaimoNewsNOW

The dinner was billed as a “casual sneakers and sweater-themed affair” with current and retired players, national team coaches and staff, corporate partners and “other special guests.” 

Net proceeds from the party go to the foundation, which has already raised more than $250,000 with Sinclair’s sponsors like CIBC already stepping up.

A table of 10 at the fundraiser cost $6,500 with a single ticket at $625. As of Tuesday, some 300 people were expected with Canada Soccer, Canadian Soccer Business, B.C. Soccer, CIBC, A&W, MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Canada, the Vancouver Whitecaps, Vancouver Canucks and Nike among those taking part.

Other partners like Visa and Frito Lay are contributing by helping sponsor the dinner or making a donation.

“The foundation will help level the playing field so that girls and women can reimagine what’s possible and pursue their ambitions,” according to a release from Envision Sports & Entertainment, the sports marketing and sponsorship agency that represents Sinclair.

Sinclair, who leaves the international game with a world-record 190 goals in 331 senior appearances, is partnering with the Vancouver Foundation which funds charities and non-profit organizations across British Columbia.

Sinclair has taken up causes in the past, partnering with the Canadian Women’s Foundation during the pandemic on Show Up For Girl, a program designed “to make sure girls in Canada of all backgrounds and identities get the support they need through the pandemic.”

Sinclair has also been a spokeswoman for A&W Canada’s “Annual Burgers to Beat MS Campaign” to help raise money for multiple sclerosis research. Her late mother Sandra had MS.

Envision president Brian Levine’s rationale to Sinclair for going a step farther and establishing the foundation was simple.

“People want to support you. And by (having them) supporting you, you’re supporting others,” he recalled telling her.

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 6, 2023

Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press