Donation from former Raptors’ coach will help empower young Indigenous creators

Thursday, July 20th, 2023 1:31pm


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Former Toronto Raptors’ head coach Nick Nurse.
By Sam Laskaris,

Indigenous high school students are among those who will benefit from a donation to a York University music program by former Toronto Raptors’ head coach Nick Nurse.

About 50 students will participate in The Nick Nurse Foundation Summer Jazz & Groove Lab, a series of workshops that will be held July 24 to July 28 at the Toronto-based university.

Nurse donated $40,000 to York’s music department. The funds will allow high school students to participate in a week-long series of workshops offered by JUNO-winning artists and faculty members of the university’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design program.

Besides Indigenous teenagers, Nurse’s donation offers free participation to young women, Black students, and other people of colour.

Nurse was named as the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers in June. Prior to that he spent 10 seasons with the Raptors, including the last five as their head coach.

“I’ve always been a passionate advocate for equitable access in both sports and the arts,” Nurse said.

“This donation can help eliminate barriers, level the playing field and empower the next generation of creative leaders in a city that has a special place in my heart.”

Apply at The Nick Nurse Foundation Summer Jazz & Groove Lab – Music ( Interested students from the BIPOC community may register for free by submitting this form and ending the session when the ‘payment’ page opens.

With regards to student enrollment for next week, there are 50 seats overall and once 50 is reached, the registration will be closed. The registration link is active only until end of tomorrow, July 21.