Photo Credit: Winnipeg Sun.  Nash playing one on one with Manitoba Provincial team Member William Sesay.

WINNIPEG - This past Monday saw a whirlwind visit by Canada's biggest basketball star in Steve Nash to Winnipeg as part of him being honored by the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation as its 2011 recipient of the International Award.  Throughout the day, Nash toured the St. Boniface hospital, where he was also presented the Key to the City by Mayor Sam Katz.  Nash was also presented the prestigious Order of the Buffalo by Premier Greg Selinger.  In the afternoon, Nash was present at a special player's clinic held at the University of Manitoba Investors Group Athletic Centre with 10 players from the Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre (MERC) who also participate in the Steve Nash Youth Basketball program along with members of the men's and women's Wesmen and Bison basketball teams.  In front of over 1000 spectators in attendance, Nash participated in a series of drills and games with the players.  Wrapping the day up was the gala awards dinner at the MTS Centre in front of almost 1000 guests in attendance where he was formally presented the International Award.  Past recipients of this award include Mother Theresa, Pope John Paul II and Sir Bob Geldoff.  Special thanks to the 20+ members of Manitoba's Provincial Teams who volunteered at the dinner.  A select few were also chosen to ask questions directly to Steve on stage at the event.  For a full wrap up of the media coverage tied to the NBA star's visit...



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