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U of M Athletes Give Back by Volunteering at Siloam Mission

December 8, 2011 7:22 AM | News

By Brian Schultz

Siloam Mission, 300 Princess Street (HANDOUT)

University of Manitoba student athletes are doing their part to give back to the community this holiday season by lending their time at Siloam Mission.

It’s the seventh consecutive year Bison Sports will help out at the downtown homeless shelter, where athletes will volunteer December 13 to 16.

Athletes from the men’s and women’s hockey, basketball and volleyball teams will volunteer, as well as the track and field, football and women’s soccer team.

Former Bison women’s volleyball player Lindsay Poggemiller-Smith launched the initiative in 2005 when she had been a volunteer at Siloam. Fifth-year women’s hockey player Chantal DeSpiegelaere also has previous experience at the shelter, having volunteered there for the past three years.

“I am very appreciative to all the Bison student-athletes that want to help this great cause every year,” DeSpiegelaere said in a release. “It is wonderful to see them give their time and effort to give back to the community. Although the gesture is small, it is significant in helping Siloam Mission make a difference in the lives of people who need it.”