By ascending the world's tallest freestanding mountain -- its peak is 5,895 meters (19,336 feet) above sea level -- he and six others helped to raise over $100,000 for children across the world.
The scheme runs a whole host of educational programs which include seminars on AIDS and HIV, conflict resolution, healthy active living, sanitation and cleanliness.
Van Koeverden proudly sports a "Right to Play" sticker on his kayak -- something which he is often asked about.
"When I'm racing my boat in Europe people always ask me, 'Is that like a gaming site, are they like your sponsors?'
"It's a good conversation starter because they don't know it's a charity that I do some work with.
"They're a children-focused charity that is helping to improve lives for those who aren't fortunate enough to be able to say that they can take sport and play for granted.
"Unfortunately it's not something everybody globally can take for granted.
"When I was 13, I just wandered into a canoe club and had access to a competitive sport with great coaching and great facility.
"That's just not available to everybody, so it's great that the Right to Play is bridging that gap and leveling the playing field."
A bigger picture
Despite a hectic competition schedule and his constant traveling, the opportunity to help others remains a driving force for van Koeverden.
"It comes down to priorities," he added.
"I'm tremendously fortunate to be able to do a sport for my living and be a full-time athlete, so any spare time that I have, I should be able to devote to these sorts of efforts.
"It's easy to turn a blind eye or forget when you're so focused on moving a kayak, like how obscure that is and how selfish it is in the long run because, really, I can't think of a more selfish sport.
"I'm in a little boat all by myself out on the water paddling as fast I can every single day just so I can go and win a kayak race.
"While I feel very fortunate, I also know there's a bigger picture and there's other things out there that we need to consider and if I can be a part of that then I will."