WINNIPEG, MB - The Inner City Jr. Wesmen basketball program announces
the inaugural recipients of a Model School enrollment placement and the tuition credits program in partnership with The University of
Winnipeg’s Model School. This is the first of a long-term plan between the two programs to help inner-city kids earn credits that can
be used towards higher education.


Grace Fanbullah, a 15-year-old player on the Jr. Wesmen team, has been

earned a place into the Model School. Grace, arrived in Canada from

Liberia only a few years ago. The Model School will provide Grace with

the educational support to help make her dreams of a University

education possible.

Three of Grace’s teammates - Martha Asmare, Nyakir Deng and Sabrina

Jermei - have been accepted into the Tuition Credit Program. This

program allows students to earn credits to help cover their tuition at

The University of Winnipeg. Credits are earned for their academic

efforts as well as for their commitment to the Jr. Wesmen basketball

program. This is just one part of the Opportunity Fund.

The Opportunity Fund was created to help close the education gap and

will help ensure that everyone, regardless of background and

socio-economic status, has access to higher education and opportunities.

In addition to the tuition credits, the fund includes bursaries for

students and micro financing for young, aspiring entrepreneurs. For more

information on the Opportunity Fund, please visit


Gerri Zacharias, the Director of the Model School, indicates that the

four 15-year-old students have shown the dedication and promise to

achieve their dreams and aspirations through higher education.

The Inner City Jr. Wesmen basketball program was created to bring

together involvement in sports with an opportunity for higher education.

Players in the program have an opportunity to receive tuition credits

for their involvement with the team and may be considered for the

acceptance into Model School program.

The Model School is a pilot project to provide select high-school

students with the extra attention they need to do well. Individualized

learning plans are written for every student which assists them to

develop to their fullest potential.

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Geri Zacharias, Director, Model School, The University of Winnipeg

P: 204.786.1924, E:

Bob Axworthy, Head Coach, Inner City Jr. Wesmen

P:204.489. 0720

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