Donation to UWinnipeg Will Help Youth ‘Play’ to an Education

May 20, 2011 | Corporate Member News

This morning on The University of Winnipeg’s front lawn, at the basketball courts and green corridor the Thomas Sill Foundation Inc announced a generous donation of  $75,000.00 for UWinnipeg’s Community Athletic Programming making it the first major gift towards this program. This donation puts emphasis on inner city soccer and inner city basketball programming. 

Lloyd Axworthy, President and Vice-Chancellor, UWinnipeg

“This generous donation is a direct commitment to the University’s Community Athletic program,” said Dr. Lloyd Axworthy UWinnipeg President and Vice-Chancellor. “Our location in the inner-city which makes us natural partners for our neighbors and the community-at-large.

We believe youth involved in organized sports develops a sense of belonging and builds confidence that often translates into a desire and drive to pursue a post-secondary education. The University remains committed to developing plans to expand athletic programs and facilities on campus. Sports facilitate access for these students and help us close the graduation gap.” 

“Winnipeg’s future depends on being able to integrate inner-city youth, regardless of background and socio-economic status into the Winnipeg community,” expressed Ken Grower, Thomas Sill Foundation Governor and Vice President. “This Program allows children and young adults in the core area to break away from the cycle of poverty and to dream big. With this program they are likely to become the first in their family to complete a university degree and be mentors and leaders within their communities.”   

Thomas Sill Foundation

The Thomas Sill Foundation provides grants throughout Manitoba, and has been a strong supporter of the University. The Thomas Sill Foundation is a one of Manitoba’s leading foundations. The foundation provides encouragement and financial support to qualified Manitoba organizations striving to improve the quality of life in the province. For more info on the Thomas Sill Foundation, visit  

Growing Community Athletics

UWinnipeg has a strong commitment to broaden athletic and community programs. Currently the Community Athletics program has over 100 participants with that number expected to triple over the next two years. This initiative reinforces the University’s role as a leader in developing community, inner-city and competitive athletics. Men and Women Wesmen teams are known across Canada and have made a significant mark as champions in volleyball and basketball, and soon soccer, as the teams will compete in the CIS Soccer League beginning in 2012. Programs for both baseball and wrestling are currently in development. 


UWinnipeg is consistently ranked in the Top-10 in the country on an annual basis by both Maclean’s Magazine and The Globe & Mail newspaper. The University of Winnipeg is a leader in academic excellence, Indigenous education, environmental studies, business, and theatre & the arts. Find out more by visiting Follow us on Twitter: and on Facebook: 


Naniece Ibrahim, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg
P: 204.988.7130, E: [email protected].

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