Another assist from Fred VanVleet, this time off the court.
The Toronto Raptors point guard has thrown the Fred VanVleet Scholarship with the Rotman Commerce program at the University of Toronto, which awards an award to a black or indigenous student based on financial need. The management program even comes with mentoring from VanVleet himself.
This scholarship is important because it will shed light on some of those who may be underserved or disadvantaged in certain communities and areas. “VanVleet said in a YouTube video.
“We know that there is a selection process for many scholarships and sometimes it excludes people. We are only trying to make a concerted effort to shed light on those who may not have had the proper opportunity. “
In the video, VanVleet emphasizes the importance of mentoring and why it is important to have “someone to guide you.” His hope is that the scholarship will become a “catalyst” in a young person’s career and a platform to gain access to the resources to be successful.
“I hope they continue to do many brilliant and important things,” he added.
The scholarship comes with fully paid tuition and a $ 1,000 book stipend each year. The value of the four-year scholarship is over $ 60,000.
The six-foot-one point guard has always followed the catchphrase, “bet on yourself,” a reminder of his own journey as an undrafted player to become an NBA champion and now a team leader and veteran.
This is just the latest of many community initiatives for VanVleet. This year, he started the “Bet on Yourself” podcast, which encourages local black, indigenous and colored entrepreneurs along with his financial advisor Derek Folk.
The NBA champion has also partnered with DoorDash and Uninterrupted Canada to launch a documentary series highlighting restaurants and small business owners across Canada.
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