Bisons continue community focus during pause to support United Way
COVID-19 may have forced the cancellation of a full competitive season for the Bisons, but it has not been able to dampen student-athletes’ drive to support their community.
The University of Manitoba Athletic Council (UMAC), comprised of Bisons student-athletes, has partnered with United Way Winnipeg to organize WALK with the HERD on Saturday, April 10.
With lockdowns and facility closures limiting interaction between teams and athletes, UMAC wanted to create an opportunity to connect and make an impact at the same time. Deidre Bartlett (women’s basketball) and Katherine Meo (women’s soccer) are leading the initiative for UMAC.
“I think it’s great that we can provide an opportunity for safe social interaction while fundraising for The United Way. I’m excited about the opportunity to engage student-athletes and support our local community in new innovative ways,” said Deidre Bartlett.
WALK with the HERD is open to everyone. Supporters can walk, run or roll, choosing a route and distance of their own (adhering to public health guidelines), while having the opportunity for safe, social interaction, improved health and wellbeing, and make a difference in the community.
The Bisons have set a fundraising goal of $3,000 support the United Way and prizes will be given for distance, time and most money raised.
“We are so thrilled that the University of Manitoba Athletic Council selected United Way Winnipeg as their charity of choice. We believe that our community if stronger when we all work together,” said a representative from United Way.
To register, visit the Strava UofMBisons page, create a profile and join the club “University of Manitoba Bisons,”, then join the event “Walk with the Herd.” You can also download the Strava app: Download Strava for Apple. Download Strava for Android.
On April 10, put on your Bisons gear, wear brown and gold and join the Bisons to support United Way Winnipeg. #walkwiththeherd #weareallbisons