A new fundraising campaign is telling the stories of University of Winnipeg Wesmen student-athletes in a video series.
The videos are a part of the upcoming Weekend of Giving campaign (November 28-30), where the Wesmen will be accepting donations to aid current and future student-athletes through the Wesmen Scholarship Fund.
“Our student-athletes carry the same burdens of many post-secondary students — studying, maintaining grades, balancing a social life — but also do so with the extra weight of training, volunteering, practices, travel and games,” said Wesmen athletic director Dave Crook.
“The Wesmen Scholarship Fund helps to hopefully alleviate some of the stress by taking away the worry of a financial component.
The three-day event will coincide with the men’s and women’s basketball games against Brandon November 28 and the women’s volleyball matches against Regina November 29-30.
Wesmen Athletics pays the university approximately $150,000 each year to help cover tuition for Wesmen student-athletes.
Notable former and current Wesmen athletes and coaches appearing the video series include:
• Ken Opalko and Kevin Chief, men’s basketball
• Tanya McKay and Uzoma Asagwara, women’s basketball
• Dave Unruh and Dustin Schneider, men’s volleyball
• Mike Burchuk and Kalena Schulz, women’s volleyball
• Amy Anderson and Stephanee Ophey, women’s soccer
Donations can be made online (search “Wesmen”) or in-person in the form of cash or credit at any Wesman games until November 30.