Dec 13, 2021
By Steve Kee
Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet makes a difference on the court and now he is making on off the court and providing a valuable to assist to Black or Indigenous students.
VanVleet has partnered with the University of Toronto’s Rotman Commerce business program to launch a new scholarship to support a Black or Indigenous student through their undergraduate degree.
The Fred VanVleet Scholarship will provide four years of tuition and books, based on financial need, with preference to a student focused on management.
In a statement released today, the Raptors guard said, “This is to create possibility and light for those who have faced bias, who haven’t had the same chances as others. It’s important to provide opportunities to those who opportunity usually ignores, or works against, or excludes.”
The scholarship also includes one-on-one mentoring with VanVleet.
VanVleet is an entrepreneur off the court with his own clothing line and shop. He also hosts a podcast aimed at supporting business people who are Black, Indigenous or people of colour.