Summer weekend of inner-city supervised hoops

Through a partnership between several faculties/units within the University of Manitoba and community partners, a free outdoor drop-in basketball program will take place this summer at the University of Manitoba Bannatyne Campus.

Project SWISH will provide an opportunity for inner-city kids to play basketball under the supervision of paid staff and volunteers, including adult basketball players, coaches, and community members.


  • SWISH will run Saturdays from 11 am to 5 pm, from July 8 to August 19, 2023.


  • At the large staff parking lot at the University of Manitoba Bannatyne Campus located at Tecumseh Street and McDermot Avenue. Click HERE to view.

  • Children aged 12 to 18, and their families, residing in the inner city are welcome to participate. There is no cost for participation and no pre-registration. Simply bring a basketball and have some fun! At least a half dozen portable hoops will be set up, with the possibility of more being added later.

  • Free transportation will be available including free bus tickets as well as bus/van rides for children who are accompanied by adults.

  • Throughout the summer, different activities will take place at the site including 3-on-3 play, free throws, dribbling, and other fun games with prizes! Best of all, it will be a place for inner-city kids to drop in anytime with their basketballs and shoot some hoops!

Project SWISH Partners:

  • University of Manitoba

    • College of Medicine

    • Faculty of Kinesiology & Recreation Management

    • College of Dentistry

    • College of Pharmacy

    • College of Rehabilitation Sciences

    • Bison Sports

    • Parking Services

    • Physical Plant

    • IST Audio Visual & Classroom Tech Support

  • Youth Agencies Alliance

  • Basketball Manitoba

  • Basketballs for Inner City Kids

  • City of Winnipeg SPIN (Sport Programs in Inner City Neighbourhoods)

SWISH Planning Committee

  • Xavier Smith, SWISH Coordinator

  • Dennis Bayomi, University of Manitoba

  • Karen Cook, University of Manitoba

  • Youth Agencies Alliance

  • Adam Wedlake, Basketball Manitoba

  • Andrew Davies, City of Winnipeg