The University of Manitoba is hoisting up hoops and throwing open a new outdoor, drop-in basketball program for inner-city youth over the summer at the centrally-located Bannatyne campus.
The free Summer Weekend Inner-City Supervised Hoops (SWISH) program will run every Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. from June 30-August 11, 2012, in Parking Lot E (McDermot Ave. at Tecumseh St). Transportation for inner-city youth is also being provided at no cost.
Supervised activities for 12-18-year-olds will include three-on-three basketball, dribbling and passing competitions with prizes, running clinics, and pickup games. A shade tent will be set up and water provided. On rain dates, the basketball program will move indoors to the Joe Doupe Gym.
“We are delighted to offer a safe play environment over the summer for inner-city youth to shoot hoops and have fun,” said Brian Postl, Dean of Medicine.”It is extremely gratifying to partner with our neighbouring community agencies and others to provide free top-notch basketball clinics and programming for kids in our community.”
The site will be supervised by paid university-aged students and community residents with inner-city community experience. Volunteers, primarily from U of M Bison Sports and the basketball community, will also be on site to lend their expertise and skills to the SWISH program.
SWISH, initiated by the Faculty of Medicine, is a joint partnership between University of Manitoba Faculties of Medicine, Pharmacy, Kinesiology & Recreation Management, Dentistry, School of Medical Rehabilitation, Bison Sports and Coalition of Community-Based Youth Serving Agencies, City of Winnipeg and Basketball Manitoba.
Community partners include Rossbrook House, Spence Neighborhood Assoc., Boys & Girls Club, Indian & Metis Friendship Centre, IRCOM, inner-city schools, Basketballs for Inner-city Kids, Winnipeg Police Services, Sport Programs in Inner-City Neighbourhoods (SPIN), and Winnipeg Transit.
For more information contact Ilana Simon, Director of Communications & Marketing, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba, 204-789-3427 or 204-295-6777 (firstname.lastname@example.org),