Sunday, 9 August 2009

U of Manitoba's "Hoops from the Heart"

As previously mentioned, new Manitoba Head Coach Kirby Schepp is beginning to make his program's mark in the community with a charity event this coming Wednesday evening at the University of Manitoba gym called "Hoops from the Heart". The fundraiser involves a pair of games involving both local Winnipeg CIS schools as, in the first game, the Winnipeg Wesmen will meet one group of University/College All-Stars coached by a pair of former Bisons: Darcy Coss (Head Coach) and Jon Lundgren (Assistant Coach), who now team up as coaches at Winnipeg's Canadian Mennonite University. In the second game, the host Bisons meeting another group of University/College All-Stars coached by former Wesmen and two-year Canada West all-star Sukhvir Singh (Head Coach) and former Bison all-star Ogo Okwumabua (Assistant Coach), who make up the coaching staff at Winnipeg's Red River College (see below for the lineups).

Each player will sign a basketball that will have their name and their school name on it which will be presented to an inner city youth at the game. Funds will also go to support heart research at St Boniface Hospital. All players, coaches, referees and game officials are donating their time for the games. As well, Coach Schepp has managed to persuade the University of Manitoba to donate the gym for this worthy cause: thus, the name - "Hoops From The Heart".

The event begins at 6:30 PM on Wednesday at the University of Manitoba gym.

Winnipeg Wesmen: Nick Lother, Peter Lomuro, James Horaska, Andrew Rowan, Ben Kingdon, Ryan Willerton, Mike James, Tyler Kohut, Eric Zimmerman, Brayden Duff, Mark Ridd. Head Coach: Dave Crook
University College All Star Team #1: Kevin Oliver, Brandon University; Craig Sharpe, Red River College; Drew Sharpe, Red River College; Kevin Oman, Brandon University; Chad Posthumus, University of British Columbia; Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson, University of Calgary; Tarik Tokar, Brandon University; Ryan Froese, Trinity Western University; Marc Badiou, Canadian Mennonite University; Jordan Reaves, Brandon University; Trevor Scheurmann, University of Victoria
Coach: Darcy Coss, Head Basketball Coach, Canadian Mennonite University
Jon Lundgren, Assistant Coach, Canadian Mennonite University

At 8:15 pm -
University of Manitoba Bisons Nathan Dixon, Eric Garcia, Dan Purvis-Collins, Ian Dickey, Richard Reimer, Kurtis Sanregrat, Jonar Huertas, OJ Opap, Braeden Speer, Cam Norrie, Nick Miller, Damian Drzewiec, Trevor Assels
Head Coach: Kirby Schepp
University/College All Star Team #2 Xavier Smith, Brandon University; Abe Daniels University of Saskatchewan; Kyle Vince, Brandon University Tim Rossy, University of Waterloo; Colin Tibbs, Red River College; James Elias, Brandon University; Matt Pierce, Thompson Rivers University; Tyler Pierce, Medicine Hat College; DJ Levy, Canadian Mennonite University; Nick Loewen, Mount Royal College
Coaches: Sukhvir Singh, Head Basketball Coach, Red River College; Ogo Okwumabua, Assistant Coach, Red River College

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