University of Manitoba student-athletes are keeping busy as competition winds down for the holiday season.
For the 12th year in a row, the Bisons are pitching in at Siloam Mission, serving meals twice daily now through December 16.
“As athletes with our busy schedules we sometimes forget how much our presence has an impact within the community, and how many people look up to us,” said fifth-year women’s basketball forward Rebecca Potter.
“Volunteering is one the most rewarding opportunities that university sport has to offer.”
Potter has taken over the leadership for Bison student-athletes to be involved with Siloam Mission this year from former Bison women’s volleyball player Lindsay Poggemiller-Smith, who spearheaded the efforts in 2005 and has continue to be involved ever since.
Each sport is taking turns lending a hand at the homeless shelter, located at 300 Princess Street.
In a separate initiative, players with the Manitoba Moose will visit Siloam Mission on Wednesday to present the shelter with an autographed jersey. Players will also donate more than 1,500 lbs. of clothing items collected at the “Share the Warmth” game on November 5 and Red River Co-op locations throughout Winnipeg in November. The team will also volunteer in the kitchen and serving line.