The University of Lethbridge has a new scholarship and it’s designed to offer more opportunities to Blackfoot student athletes. It’s called the Saokiawakaasi Scholarship and it’s specifically for first year athletes. The director of Pronghorn Athletics explains the specific qualifications they looked for when selecting a recipient.
“It was very specific it did need to be somebody from Blackfoot Confederacy decent and then after that, a first year athlete only in a regular study program. After that it really was based on need and the fit for the award, and we had a committee that included Iikaisskini, Pronghorn Athletics together to decide on the award winner,” said Neil Langevin, Director of Pronghorn Athletics at the University of Lethbridge.
And the lucky recipient of this year’s scholarship is Jack-Henry Fox-Grey. He says it feels amazing to be the very first recipient.
“It’s an incredible honour to be chosen for the scholarship. I know like when I was a younging, I dreamed of being where I am at today, and like now that I am at that position I feel like it’s important to inspire the younger generation of indigenous athletes and I think that’s the most important thing to me. I hope that this is something bigger than basketball and I know like from my community there is tons of people that like to play basketball and I hope I can get us out there you know,” said Jack-Henry Fox-Grey.
Saokiawakaasi means Pronghorn in Blackfoot.