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The 7th Annual Hoops From The Heart Basketball games were played on Wednesday May 20th at the University of Winnipeg’s Duckworth Centre, and once again a combined University of Manitoba / University of Winnipeg men’s team took on an All Star Veterans Team of some of the best players from Manitoba! This exciting game was followed by a traditional women’s game featuring the University of Manitoba facing off against the University of Winnipeg.

“Thanks once again to the great sponsors, dedicated volunteers, enthusiastic athletes and generous referees this year who helped us make this a reality with their contributions”, said Dr Grant Pierce. “The real winners were the inner city kids who not only enjoyed the evening but will wear their Hoops T shirt proudly and enjoy the basketballs for a long time into the future as well!”

Proceeds from Hoops From the Heart benefit the Basketballs for Inner City Kids project and cardiac research at St. Boniface Hospital. It is hoped to raise additional money that will be used for an University Scholarship to help an inner city kid play basketball at the U of W and U of M for their men’s or women’s teams. An official Phoenix Suns jersey signed by future Hall of Famer Steve Nash (valued at over $500) was donated in support of this cause. A recap of this year’s event can be seen in the video below. To offer your support for the event or to make a donation please contact Grant Pierce at