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Getting to Know NASCAR Pinty’s Series Competitor Joey McColm

By Tim Southers, NASCAR PR Manager



Each week Motorsport.com will feature a driver, crew member or car owner from NASCAR’s only sanctioned touring series in Canada.

In the first edition of this new feature from Motorsport.com highlighting some of Canada’s best stock car drivers, long-time driver, car owner and crew chief Joey McColm will be featured. The Ajax, Ontario native has been competing in the sport for nearly 15 years.

Getting to know … Joey McColm

10. Tell me something about you that would surprise your fans?

I love playing scrabble. I’m a big addict of that game. My fiancé Leigh Ann will bug me about it because so competitive even playing a game like I am at racing. I also care deeply about environmental sustainability which is very important to me. We’re members of the Green Sports Alliance and I am an Earth Day Canada ambassador. We are working to bring environmental awareness and programs to NASCAR Canada.

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Seahawks Star Donates All Of His Endorsement Money To Help Rebuild Minority Communities

Good Sports
By Penn Collins



Seahawk’s star Michael Bennett has always been outspoken about social issues. Now Bennett has announced that all of his 2017 endorsement money will be donated to minority communities and aiding women of color. Further, Bennett will be giving 50 percent of his jersey sale proceeds to fund public gardens in low-income areas.

Bennett’s gifts came after he saw Chance the Rapper’s high-profile press conference in which the hip-hop star, frustrated after meeting with the Illinois governor, pledged $1 million to fund Chicago public schools.

Previously, Bennett, along with his brother, Martellus—a former tight end for the New England Patriots, who just signed with the Green Bay Packers—has spoken out on matters such as Black Lives Matter and the scattered national anthem protests prior to NFL games. Bennett also penned an essay entitled, “Why I Stand with the Women’s Strike” for the Day Without a Woman project on International Women’s Day.

The NFL star announced his initiative via an Instagram featuring his three daughters.

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Mitchell & Hamhuis Commit to Environment as New Owners of Tofino Marina

By Chris Lomon


Tofino doesn’t boast a big-league hockey franchise, but the ‘magical place’ will soon be seeing a lot of two NHL players.

A pair of veteran defencemen. A Vancouver Island-based businessman. A picturesque community. A unique opportunity.

Add it all up and the result is Dan Hamhuis, Willie Mitchell and business partner Andrew Purdey as the proud new owners of the 63-room Marina West Motel, a four-acre property located on the outskirts of one of Canada’s most popular tourist destinations.

“It was a really good opportunity for us,” said Hamhuis, who hails from Smithers, BC. “Tofino is a special place and we’re looking forward to sprucing the property up, and making it a place where people can come and enjoy themselves.”

Hamhuis, who signed as an unrestricted free agent with Dallas Stars this summer, was equal parts thrilled and relieved when the deal became official. “There were a lot of business terms and information overload,” laughed the 33-year-old. “But it’s really exciting now that all of the paperwork and that side of it is all done. There were a lot of daily emails between me and Willie, along with a lot of phone calls leading up to signing the deal, but now we can focus on other things.”

Hamhuis, Mitchell and Purdey were in Tofino last week for a meet-and-greet event that included a barbecue and live music.

Mitchell, from Port McNeill, BC, has skated in 907 NHL regular season games, most recently with the Florida Panthers.

Protecting the local environment is a major priority.

“We are committed to making it one of the best blue-collar marinas in the Pacific Northwest by adding fresh resources, energy, and eyes to the property,” he said on the resort’s Facebook page. “All three of us are B.C. boys from small towns who have a passion for fishing, the outdoors, our oceans and that small town camaraderie.”

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