OLG QUEST FOR GOLD RECIPIENTS BRAD JACOBS, E.J. AND RYAN HARNDEN AND MAC AND B.J. MARCOUX TO REPRESENT SAULT STE. MARIE AS PAN AM TORCHBEARERS

Toronto, ON – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) would like to congratulate Brad Jacobs, E.J. and Ryan Harnden and Mac and B.J. Marcoux who were selected to be Pan Am torchbearers in the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay.

Brad, Ryan and E.J. are all members of Team Jacobs, an Olympic Gold Medal winning team from Sault Ste. Marie. The team competes in the sport of curling. E.J. is also an OLG employee.

Mac is a Canadian Paralympic Alpine skier and his older brother, B.J. is Mac’s guide.

Brad, E.J., Ryan, Mac and B.J. have all received Quest for Gold funding.

The Quest for Gold program was established in January 2006 to support Ontario athletes and increase their performance and participation on national and international sports teams. Since its launch, the program has provided $93 million in support of the province’s amateur athletes and their coaches. Each year, OLG contributes $10 million in proceeds to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport which runs the program. To date, more than 4,000 athletes have received funding assistance through the Quest for Gold program.

“OLG is proud to be a Premier Partner of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games and a Presenting Partner of the Torch Relay,” says Stephen Rigby, OLG’s President and CEO. “OLG has a proud history of championing amateur athletics in Ontario through Quest for Gold and the torch relay will be a great opportunity to celebrate that history.”

Brad, E.J., Ryan, Mac and B.J. will carry the Pan Am flame through Sault Ste. Marie on Monday, June 1, 2015.

Join us at the torch relay evening celebration to mark the arrival of the Pan Am flame at the Roberta Bondar Pavilion, 65 Foster Drive in Sault Ste. Marie. The flame is scheduled to arrive at 7 p.m. Entertainment will be provided before and after the flame’s arrival. The torch relay will start in Canada on May 30, 2015.

The 41-day journey will share the Pan Am Games spirit in more than 130 communities and will make its final stop on July 10, 2015, at the Opening Ceremony in Toronto.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, the PlayOLG Internet gaming website and the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres across the province. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the province have helped support the operation of hospitals; prevention, treatment and research of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities. OLG was a Premier Sponsor of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.

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