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Bison athletes in the spirit of giving

Student-athletes volunteer at Siloam Mission for 12th consecutive year

December 5, 2016 — 

During the holiday season, University of Manitoba Bisons student-athletes will be making a difference in the community.

Members from the teams will be trading in their jerseys for aprons and hairnets at Siloam Mission December from 5-16.

This is the twelfth consecutive year Bison sports will be volunteering their time with the inner-city organization.

Fifth-year women’s basketball forward Rebecca Potter has taken over the leadership for Bison student-athletes to be involved with Siloam Mission this year. Former Bison women’s volleyball player Lindsay Poggemiller-Smith drove the initial initiative in 2005, as she had been a volunteer at the Mission and was involved as staff afterwards.

“It’s a huge honour to be able to represent Bison Sports on the court and in the community, my experience volunteering at Siloam Mission is a huge reason why I wanted to be UMAC’s volunteer coordinator this year,” Potter commented.

“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.”

There are two serving times during the day. Breakfast runs from 9-10 a.m. and lunch at 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Starting on Monday, Dec. 5, Bison football will be on hand followed the next day by women’s hockey. On Thursday, Dec. 8, women’s and men’s basketball will be there then on Tuesday, Dec. 13, Bison swimming and men’s hockey will be in attendance on Friday, Dec. 16 to be involved in the kitchen and donation sorting.


A connecting point between the compassionate and Winnipeg’s less fortunate, Siloam Mission is a Christian humanitarian organization that alleviates hardships and provides opportunities for change for those affected by homelessness. For more information, please visit






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