–The Buffalo Bills will host a tour of the city of Buffalo and Niagara Falls for 22 members of the 2013 rookie class today from 1:00 pm-7:00 pm. This will mark the sixth annual Bills rookie tour. The tour is designed to give the 2013 Buffalo Bills newest members a brief overview of what the city of Buffalo and the Niagara Falls region has to offer. Buffalo area leaders JoAnne Hudecki and Danielle Shainbrown (both of the McGuire Development Company) will guide the tour. As part of the tour, the rookies, on behalf of the Bills, will present a $10,000 check to the Buffalo Zoo for its ‘Bear Necessities Campaign’. Players will also present polar bears Luna and Kali with personalized Bills jerseys. While at the zoo, the rookies will join 25 students from a United Way Closing the Gap school (Buffalo Public School 80 – Highgate Heights) to the Zoo with the players as well.
— The Buffalo Bills announced that they are offering a special fundraising opportunity for local schools. Schools in Buffalo, Rochester and Southern Ontario will have the opportunity to sell tickets for the Bills vs. Minnesota Vikings Kids Day Game on August 16 at Ralph Wilson Stadium for just $20.00. For every $20.00 ticket sold, $5.00 will go back to the school. Schools interested in participating in the fundraising effort can contact Sara Beth Fisher at 716-312-8917 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The Kids Day Game will feature youth-themed tailgating, an exclusive gameday giveaway, interactive games, face painting, Buffalo Jills Cheerleaders, Billy Buffalo, as well as post-game fireworks.
–Buffalo WR T.J. Graham will host the second annual ‘T.J. Graham Skills Challenge’ on Saturday, May 25th in Williamsville, NY. Graham’s skills challenge will showcase high school football players from the area. Participants will compete in a variety of drills throughout the day.
–The Ilio DiPaolo Scholarship Committee is proud to announce their 18th Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner will be held tonight. The annual event will take place at Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant located at 3785 South Park Avenue in Blasdell, New York with dinner at 7:00 PM and award presentations at 8:00 PM. Expected to attend are Pro Wrestler Dick “The Destroyer” Beyer, members of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Bills Alumni, as well as many other local celebrities. For more information, please call Dennis DiPaolo at 825-3675.
–The Bills will hold their sixth of 10 Organized Team Activities today at One Bills Drive.
—Fifty Yard Finish: On Saturday, June 29, participants can take part in a half marathon, 5k or kids 1-mile run that will begin at Ralph Wilson Stadium, continue through the village and town of Orchard Park and finish at the 50 yard line on the field. Follow along with buffalobills.com journalist Hannah Buehler as she trains with Bills Strength and Conditioning Coach Dan Liburd for the race. Details can be found here: Fifty Yard Finish Details
QUOTE OF THE DAY
THURMAN THOMAS, Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame Running Back on the recent tornado in Oklahoma:
“I was engulfed by the spirit of the people of Oklahoma when I went there. I still have a lot of connections there and it will always hold a special place in my heart, especially this week.” via BuffaloBills.com 5/23
PHOTOS OF THE DAY
Buffalo Bills LB Arthur Moats participated in a photo-shoot yesterday to help showcase his new spokesman role for United Way Worldwide. Moats brought along his family to have fun during the photo-shoot.
Buffalo News-Bills buying into Pettine’s philosophy on defense
BuffaloBills.com-Thurman Thomas to help in Oklahoma relief efforts
BuffaloBills.com-Kids Day tickets a fundraising opportunity for local schools
The John Murphy Show May 22
Inside The Bills
Manuel, Goodwin working playbook together, Stevie encouraged by play of young WRs, Graham hosts skills camp Saturday, Anderson on time as Urlacher’s teammate, Safety update: A. Williams adapting, Pettine: Versatility will keep ‘D’ in disguise
Press Coverage (Buffalo News)
Poll: Will the Buffalo Bills win more or less than 6.5 games?
MemoraBillia: Collectors should gravitate to Buffalo’s rookies
ESPN AFC East Blog
Show and prove: Bills QB Kevin Kolb
Pro Football Talk
Nathaniel Hackett: E.J. Manuel has to work on everything
Defining Mike Pettine’s Bills defense: a philosophical endeavor
AFC East Daily
Pettine says Williams is adapting nicely to safety
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