Shooting Hoops On Spence

Dozens Of Youth Gather This Weekend For First “Summer In The City” Street Festival & Basketball Tournament On Spence Street

WINNIPEG, MB – Journalists are invited to attend The University of Winnipeg and the Inner-City Jr.Wesmen inaugural “Summer In The City” Street Festival and Basketball Tournament taking place this weekend, Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6 on Spence Street in front of the UWinnipeg’s Duckworth Centre.

Dozens of youth from Grade 7 to 12 from the inner-city and suburban Winnipeg schools will shoot hoops in a skills competition that begins Friday at 6:00 PM and continues all day Saturday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. There will also be concessions, barbeques and music, including a performance by the Winnipeg band Maximum Sixty.

“The street tournament demonstrates the on-going commitment by The University of Winnipeg to nurture the talents of inner-city youth,” said organizer, Bob Axworthy. “Many of these teenagers have the ability to become elite athletes, and just need to opportunity to hone their skills in a challenging and supportive place. That’s what we are providing through the Jr. Wesmen Youth Clubs.”

Registration fees for the Summer in the City tournament go towards supporting the Jr. Wesmen Youth Clubs year-round activities. People can register on-line at

The University of Winnipeg Jr. Wesmen Youth Clubs offer Elite Basketball and Volleyball programs to provide young athletes with an opportunity to develop to their full potential.

“Summer in the City” is possible because of the generous support of corporate sponsors Pony Corral, TMO Basketball School and Eat It Organic.

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Diane Poulin, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg
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