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Community Involvement

If you are seeking a donation or sponsorship, the first step is to fill out the Request of Donation Form and then fax or email it to our office.

Giving to the Community

Years ago Sportop decided to spend radio and TV advertising on gifts to the community instead. We focus on giving to sport's teams and on health care.

It is easy to notice our logo on jackets and t-shirts worn by local athletes from the beginner to the professional.

Ontario MPP Bill Mauro in the House of Commons

Sportop has been a long time sponsor of the Thunder Bay Sportop Queen's Hockey Team who continues to excel year after year. In the following clip, Bill Mauro congratulates the team for winning the Esso Cup.

Thundery Bay Queens Champions. Photo Credit: www.ThunderBayQueens.com

Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre 

We committed $10,000 to the development of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. 

Hope Classic Curling Bonspiel

There are many annual events that Sportop proudly supports year after year such as the Hope Classic Curling Bonspiel. This bonspiel is geared toward raising money for breast cancer research. Sportop Marketing provides prizes and donations for 300 curlers for the weekend event.

Preparing for the Hope Classic Curling Bonspiel
Printing 'Pink' for the Hope Classic Bonspiel

Northern Cancer Research Foundation 

As well as supporting annual events, Sportop also donates money to individual organizations such as Northern Cancer Research Foundation, Heart and Stroke and the Kidney Foundation to name a few. 

Local Teams 

Derek Geddes, of Sportop, has coached minor hockey for over 20 years; he coached in the Thunder Bay Kings program from 1995-2002. His biggest success as a coach came in 1997 as the Sportop AAA Bantam Kings won provincial gold. The team that year amassed a record of 66-4-3 and is touted as the best minor hockey team ever to come out of Thunder bay. 

That team consisted of five players who made it to the NHL. They are Jason Jaspers, Aaron MacKenzie, Alex Auld, Taylor Pyatt and Patrick Sharp. Other NHL players Derek, or Chico as he is known to his players, has coached are Eric Staal, Marc Staal, Jordan Staal, Tom Pyatt, Josef Balej and Carter Hutton. He currently coaches his son Nates hockey team The KC AA Sabres. He also serves as Vice-President of KC hockey and chairs both the KC Christmas Classic Novice Tourney and the KC 3 on 3 tourney. 

Another Sportop AAA Bantam King member was Haley Irwin, 2010 Olympic Gold Medal Winner. 

Eric Staal and Jordan Staal and Derek Geddes

Jordan and Eric Staal with Derek Geddes Eric Staal, Carolina Hurricanes Stanley Cup Winner 2006, Derek Geddes from Sportop, Jordan Staal, Pittsburg Penguins Stanley Cup Winner 2009. 

Patrick Sharp and Derek Geddes

Patrick Sharp Stanley Cup Winner with the Chicago Blackhawks 2010 Patrick Sharp, Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Winner 2010, Derek Geddes from Sportop. 

See more photos on our FlickR Photostream

As well as supporting the Sportop AAA Bantam King program, we also support a variety of high school teams, various community based teams, Confederation College teams, and Lakehead University teams.

Local Volunteering

Franco Veneruzzo, one of our sales team, dedicates a lot of his time to volunteering in our community. You can see some of his recent volunteer work on our blog.