PHOTO: Andre De Grasse Dons Ryan Reynolds’ Iconic ‘Ugly Christmas Sweater’

Published 12/21/2021, 8:00 AM EST


In the hope of spreading the Christmas cheer, celebrities and athletes are handing out gift hampers to children. Notably, this is a famed practice during the festive season. Doing his part too, Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds also started a campaign pertaining to the needs of sick children. Moreover, Tokyo Olympics 2020 200-meters champion Andre De Grasse joined his movement too.

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The talented athlete donned a famous Christmas sweater, bringing back a trend that started in 2018. In a fun bit, co-actors Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal tricked Reynolds into wearing the sweater that left the fashion world perplexed. However, all light-hearted and for a good cause, the campaign garnered a lot of interest.

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Andre De Grasse wears Ryan Reynolds’ sweater

Back when Jackman and Gyllenhaal hosted a party, the theme of the party made people wear ugly sweaters. However, Reynolds came wearing a sweater with a big gold ribbon tie that many believe looked both hilarious and hideous. But, the actor turned that into something positive as he used that sweater to raise money for Toronto’s SickKids Foundation. It featured an animation video while the campaign fetched more than $300,000. This year, the Tokyo Olympics champion De Grasse wore that same sweater as he contributed to the foundation.

 

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He kicked off this year’s campaign with a short video on the foundation. Notably, many doctors will receive sweaters as a part of the campaign. As De Grasse donned the sweater, he made a contribution to the foundation. Undoubtedly, a great initiative from a legendary actor and a star athlete playing his part as well.

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A glorious campaign

In the video he released, Ryan talked about donating sweaters to not only kids but also to doctors and nurses, recognizing their hard work. The video shows different nursing staff receiving sweaters from Reynolds as a part of the campaign. He spoke about how he wanted to help kids out by releasing the sweater.

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“The past couple of years my beloved, yet aesthetically challenged, holiday sweater has become a symbol for how much we all care about children and SickKids hospital. But this year, I want to recognize the doctors and nurses too. And that means that, with all due respect to a certain iconic trio from the 90s, I do want scrubs,” said Reynolds.

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With Andre De Grasse donning the sweater, it is getting a lot of attention as people continue to contribute to the noble cause. What are your thoughts about Ryan’s campaign?

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the center the respect he deserves.

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