I thought this was pretty cool. I read that John had been doing investments on line. He must have done pretty well to be able to afford to do this.
It's a very nice gesture.
PAIRS SKATERS RENA INOUE AND JOHN BALDWIN DONATE
> CHAMPIONS ON ICE FEES TO U.S. FIGURE SKATING MEMORIAL FUND
> Colorado Springs, Colo. (April 15, 2004) - 2004 U.S. Figure Skating
> champions Rena Inoue and John Baldwin have announced the donation of
> fees they earn while touring with the Champions on Ice Tour this spring
> the U.S. Figure Skating Memorial Fund. The Memorial Fund provides
> qualified U.S. Figure Skating athletes who are in need of financial aid
> with monetary assistance to pursue their goals both inside and outside
> competitive arena.
> Both Inoue and Baldwin received aid from the program in the past and
> seized this opportunity as a way to help other skaters achieve their
> "Many families make financial sacrifices in the hopes of fulfilling
> dreams of talented skaters," Baldwin said. "Pressure can be
> a skater, and Rena and I hope to help alleviate some of that burden by
> donating our Champions on Ice fees to the Memorial Fund."
> Inoue and Baldwin have just completed their fourth and most successful
> season together. After winning gold at the 2004 State Farm U.S.
> Championships they went on to place 10th at the World Figure Skating
> Championships. Inoue is a two-time Olympian for Japan in singles and
> pairs. Baldwin is a veteran of the State Farm U.S. Championships dating
> back to 1986 as a novice competitor.
> "We have been very fortunate to have the support of our families
> of U.S. Figure Skating," Inoue said. "We want to show our
> making this donation."
> The U.S. Figure Skating Memorial Fund was established on February 23,
> 1961, as a tribute to the 18 U.S. athletes who lost their lives in an
> airplane crash just nine days prior. The athletes - as well as 16
> international officials, judges, coaches and family members, plus 27
> passengers and 11 crew members - crashed in Belgium on their way to the
> 1961 World Figure Skating Championships. The "living memorial"
> committed to awarding skating and academic scholarships to those
> who have demonstrated excellent competitive results and/or academic
> Those wishing to make a donation to the Memorial Fund are asked to send
> checks to the address below. All donations are tax deductible.
> U.S. Figure Skating Memorial Fund
> 20 First Street
> Colorado Springs, CO 80906