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Section V Coach of the Week: Greece Athena

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on October 15, 2014 – 5:24 pm

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With only three days to prepare a new quarterback after the starting quarterback was injured, Head Coach Rob Cerone led the Greece Athena High School football team to a victory over Brockport High School last Friday, October 10. Greece Athena improved to an impressive 5-1 record. For that big win, the Bills and the New York National Guard are honoring Cerone with this week’s Section V Coach of the Week Award.

The Coach of the Week program has been a weekly staple of the high school football season on buffalobills.com and this year was expanded to Section V. In addition to the recognition online, Cerone and other winning coaches receive a $1,000 grant for their football programs from the Bills and the New York National Guard, a certificate signed by Bills President Russ Brandon, General Manager Doug Whaley, and Head Coach Doug Marrone recognizing their accomplishment, a Bills hat, and an invitation to join the Bills on-field December 14th for pregame ceremonies prior to kickoff against the Green Bay Packers. At that point, a High School Coach of the Year will be selected for sections V and VI, with each winner receiving an additional $1,000 grant for their football program.

Congratulations to Coach Cerone!


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Sunday’s gameday giveaways

Posted by buffalobills.com on October 10, 2014 – 10:49 am

Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots has a 1:00 p.m. kickoff. Fans through the gates will receive a commemorative t-shirt and an ECMC and ADPRO Sports Billieve Yowie® rallywear.  Other pregame festivities include Stampede performance at 12:30 p.m., a special pregame ceremony at 12:40 p.m. and Buffalo’s own Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls singing the National Anthem.

Fans are encouraged to get to their seats early to enjoy all of the pregame events.

Players model the many uses of the Billieve Yowie® rallywear promoting Breast Cancer Awareness:

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Aquinas wins Section V Coach of the Week

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on October 10, 2014 – 10:44 am

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In a battle of two of the top teams in Class AA of Section V, the Aquinas Institute Little Irish beat the Pittsford Panthers 16-13 last Saturday, October 4. For that big win, the Bills and the New York National Guard are honoring Aquinas’ Head Coach Chris Battaglia with this week’s Section V Coach of the Week Award.

The Coach of the Week program has been a weekly staple of the high school football season on buffalobills.com and this year was expanded to Section V. In addition to the recognition online, Battaglia and other winning coaches receive a $1,000 grant for their football programs from the Bills and the New York National Guard, a certificate signed by Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon, General Manager Doug Whaley, and Head Coach Doug Marrone recognizing their accomplishment, a Bills hat, and an invitation to join the Bills on-field December 14th for pregame ceremonies prior to kickoff against the Green Bay Packers. At that point, a High School Coach of the Year will be selected for sections V and VI, with each winner receiving an additional $1,000 grant for their football program.

Congratulations to Coach Battaglia!


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American Dairy Association Hometown Grants

Posted by buffalobills.com on October 7, 2014 – 3:27 pm

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On Tuesday Buffalo Bills Line Backer Keith Rivers visited PS 79 Pfc. William J. Grabiarz School of Excellence in Buffalo to announce that the Buffalo Bills and the American Dairy Association are offering two $5,000 grants:  One to a Buffalo Public School and one to a school district in Erie or Niagara County to further implement Fuel Up To Play 60 activities, and host a Fuel Up to Play 60 activity station assembly.

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The American Dairy Association & NFL’s Fuel Up to Play 60 program provides schools with a playbook of physical fitness and nutrition strategies to help them tackle growing rates of childhood obesity. Schools participate in challenges to earn points and earn eligibility for prizes and grant money.  To learn more about the Hometown Grants or to apply, visit www.adadc.com or click here.

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Bills honor Hispanic Heritage Award winner

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on September 21, 2014 – 12:15 pm

The Buffalo Bills honored Dr. Tamara Alsace as the recipient of the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award during today’s pregame festivities.

The NFL and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) have partnered for the fourth annual NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards during the 2014 celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.  The award recognizes Alsace’s contributions in the Western New York region.

Dr. Alsace is a native Buffalonian and the proud daughter of Dominican parents. As the descendant of grandparents born in Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Martinique – who all connected in Santo Domingo, she is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the aspects of Hispanic culture, as well as recognizing it’s unique qualities. Dr. Alsace is a bilingual educator who has devoted her career to ensuring equitable educational opportunities for emergent bilingual learners from around the world. She is currently the Director of Multilingual Education for the Buffalo Public Schools, serves on the boards of several local and statewide not-for-profits, and is Secretary of the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York, Inc.

Each award recipient was granted $2,000 to donate to an organization that serves the local Hispanic community, and Alsace chose the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York.

The NFL will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month during weeks 3 and 4 of the season. A national spotlight will be shined on the NFL’s celebration during Thursday Night Football, Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football.


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Meet Brandon Spikes at the Buffalo Zoo

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on September 18, 2014 – 3:03 pm

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The Buffalo Zoo will host a special meet and greet with Bills linebacker and animal-lover Brandon Spikes this Saturday, September 20, from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Spikes is partnering with the Zoo to chair their Adopt an Animal program, featuring a North American porcupine that the Zoo has renamed “Spikes” in his honor.

The Zoo will offer a special adoption package through the 2014-2015 football season, highlighted by Spikes the porcupine. The Adopt an Animal program helps to pay for food for the animals throughout the year.


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Thousands run the 50 Yard Finish

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on June 29, 2014 – 1:40 pm

The second annual 50 Yard Finish half marathon and 5k was a success this weekend as thousands of runners finished across the charging buffalo at midfield at Ralph Wilson Stadium. There were a record number of runners this year.

It was a warm but beautiful morning, and fans of all ages had a blast on the same field their favorite Bills play on in the fall, including this dad below who finished the half marathon Kelly Tough.

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A Billiever for life wins Father’s Day contest

Posted by buffalobills.com on June 15, 2014 – 3:38 pm

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Congratulations to the winner of the Atwal Father’s Day contest, Mike Glorioso who shared his story of his favorite Bills memory with his son.  Mike won an invitation for four to Bills practice where he will meet Coach Marrone and a $1,000 gift certificate from Atwal Eye Care.

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I attended every home game with my son (now 9 years old) but one game really stood out. One drive really. It was the Carolina game and we were down by 6 with under two to go. Carolina had the ball deep in Bills territory.

 Lots of fans in our section were leaving and my son asked why. I said that they don’t think the Bills would pull it off and without hesitation he said “What? We have EJ. We’re going to march down and win.” Well the panthers go on 4th and inches. We stop them and get the ball with a long way to go. From the first play of the drive to the TD he knew this game was ours.

He was right and when they scored we were all jumping up and down, I knew we had a little billiever for life! I don’t think I ever saw him so happy and I loved seeing the raw faith he had in his Bills.

 

Check out some fan submissions in the photo gallery.


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Bills root on Special Olympians

Posted by buffalobills.com on June 9, 2014 – 7:36 pm

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Six Buffalo Bills players and Billy Buffalo visited the University at Buffalo North Campus Friday Night to show their support for Special Olympics New York, which celebrated its third straight year in Buffalo this past weekend.

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Ron Brooks, Mario Butler, Dan Carpenter, Jimmy Gaines, Corey Graham and Colby Way all made their way to the parking lot to greet athletes and their fans, offering high-fives and words of encouragement before parading into Alumni Arena.

Congratulations to all of the athletes at this year’s Special Olympics!


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Bills represented at Buffalo Marathon

Posted by buffalobills.com on May 25, 2014 – 4:42 pm

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Over 5,000 people participated in this year’s Buffalo marathon, half marathon, 5k and relay race.  At the finish line, Bills kicker Dan Carpenter and defensive backs Mario Butler and Derek Brim handed out medals to finishers.

Bills fans were everywhere on Sunday and excited to see their favorite team at the finish line.  The Bills outfit of the day goes to this fan that crossed the finish line wearing an Andre Reed jersey, a helmet and holding a football.  Check it out – ­

 

Congratulations to Bills staff and fans that finished the marathon, half marathon or 5k!

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to finish on the field of Ralph Wilson Stadium on Saturday June 28, 2014.  For details on the Fifty Yard Finish half marathon, 5k and 1 mile fun run, click here.


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Mary Wilson accepts UB honor for Ralph

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on May 19, 2014 – 5:24 pm

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The University at Buffalo posthumously honored Ralph Wilson, Jr. with the university’s highest honor, the Chancellor Charles P. Norton Medal, at their 168th general commencement over the weekend.

Mary Wilson accepted the award and addressed the crowd on her late husband’s behalf, speaking on his devotion to the region and the team he loved so dearly.

“Ralph was so passionate about Western New York as well as his beloved Buffalo Bills,” she said. “He truly had a soft spot in his heart for all Western New Yorkers and he loved the region of the City of Buffalo, and so do I.”

The Chancellor Charles P. Norton Medal is presented annually to an individual who “performed some great thing which is identified with Buffalo … a great civic or political act, a great book, a great work of art, a great scientific achievement or any other thing which, in itself, is truly great and ennobling, and which dignifies the performer and Buffalo in the eyes of the world.”

Through the Ralph Wilson Medical Research Foundation and the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation, Wilson established the Buffalo Bills Team Physician’s Fund to support UB’s Department of Sports Medicine among countless other philanthropic acts that will continue to impact WNY and beyond as a part of his enormous legacy.

Channeling Ralph Wilson’s characteristic entrepreneurial spirit, Mary Wilson offered a motivating message to UB’s graduating class to finish her address.

“Ralph would have been so proud of you, graduates, here today, and would have encouraged each and every one of you to go forward from today and be the best you can be regardless of your future profession.”


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Ralph Wilson honored with UB’s highest award

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on April 27, 2014 – 2:24 pm

The University at Buffalo will posthumously honor Ralph Wilson, Jr. with the Chancellor Charles P. Norton Medal, the university’s highest award. The award will be given during the UB’s 168th general commencement on May 18.

The Chancellor Charles P. Norton Medal is presented annually to an individual who “performed some great thing which is identified with Buffalo … a great civic or political act, a great book, a great work of art, a great scientific achievement or any other thing which, in itself, is truly great and ennobling, and which dignifies the performer and Buffalo in the eyes of the world.”

Through the Ralph Wilson Medical Research Foundation and the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation, he established the Buffalo Bills Team Physician’s Fund to support UB’s Department of Sports Medicine among countless other philanthropic acts that will continue to impact WNY and beyond.


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Marcell goes paintballing for charity

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on April 23, 2014 – 6:29 pm

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Bills DL Marcell Dareus stepped out last weekend for a little fun in the name of charity in his home state of Alabama.

He and a handful of other NFL players took part in Saturday’s TAP Paintball Tournament hosted by his former Alabama Chris Rogers. The third annual celebrity paintball event benefited the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama and Together Assisting People, a nonprofit that helps at-risk youth, specifically athletes.

“Words can’t describe what it feels like seeing this guys you played with,” Rogers said. “Kids look up to these guys. It’s an incredible feeling having these guys out here supporting and believing in the cause.”

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Ruben Brown tackles concussion awareness

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on April 16, 2014 – 5:28 pm

Former Buffalo Bills guard and nine-time Pro Bowler Ruben Brown appeared on the John Murphy Show Wednesday night to discuss is new found role as an impact voice in the Heads Up Football initiative – a comprehensive youth football membership program developed by USA Football and supported by the NFL to further strengthen youth player safety.

Brown now serves as a Heads Up Football Master Trainer, hosting events in his home state of Virginia and in the Buffalo area. He teaches youth football coaches throughout the region proper tackling techniques, equipment fitting, concussion awareness and heat and hydration information that they then pass on to their players.

“The main focus on the techniques in the program is trying to tell kids not to use their heads to tackle,” Brown said. “Your head should always be up so you can see where you’re going. When your head is down the only thing you can see are your feet or your opponent’s feet, and you’re in a vulnerable position with your head down. The crown of your head is exposed, and that’s the most vital part on your body when you’re playing a collision sport.”

Brown’s new role will allow him to have a significant impact on the development of youth football in his hometown and the way coaches deliver the Heads Up message.

“We want to encourage all the coaches that are in football to join this because the NFL, USA Football, the NCAA, professional trainers, athletic trainers – everyone has come together to bring a consensus on the practices of teaching young kids how to be involved in football from tackling to hydrating, what to eat, how to prepare, what you’re doing before you put pads on,” Brown said. “There’s a lot of training steps that they want to get out to the public so we can have our players play the game safer.”


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Chad Michael Murray supports Jim Kelly

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on April 2, 2014 – 3:15 pm

TV and movie star Chad Michael Murray isn’t shy about his Bills fandom. The Clarence native returns home for games at Ralph Wilson Stadium each fall and is active in his Bills commentary on social media, including this Instagram of Bills throwback-themed artwork he painted earlier this month.

He’s said that his childhood hero was Jim Kelly, and last Friday Murray held a screening of his latest movie “Caveman” at the Eastern Hills Mall with 50 percent of the proceeds to benefit Kelly’s Hunter’s Hope Foundation.

“It’s my hometown, born and raised. I love Buffalo. Anytime I can give back to the community, I’m here. It’s the first time I’ve ever done a screening here and the ironic part is it’s actually at the theater I used to work at, so it’s really cool to be back here,” he told Time Warner Cable.


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Billy Buffalo and Jills at Variety Club Telethon

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on March 30, 2014 – 7:00 am

Tune in today from 7 am to 7 pm on WKBW-TV, channel 7 in Buffalo, for the 52nd annual Variety Club Telethon. Special appearances will be made throughout the day by Billy Buffalo and members of the Buffalo Jills!

Call in today during the telethon, broadcast live from Downtown Buffalo, to support the Variety Club, or donate online now right here.

“Variety – The Children’s Charity of Buffalo & Western New York” is known for its support of the Robert Warner M.D. Center for Children with Special Needs and the Women’s and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. Your donation today will support The Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation of the Variety Club of Buffalo, Inc.


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Moats honored at Ed Block Award ceremony

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on March 18, 2014 – 11:17 am

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After being named the Bills 2013 Ed Block Courage Award recipient in December, Arthur Moats and his fellow award winners representing each NFL team were honored Monday night in Baltimore.

The Ed Block Courage Award is presented to a standout player who exemplifies a commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage. The recipient symbolizes professionalism, great strength, dedication and serves as a community role model for others.

Moats recovered from sports hernia surgery in the 2013 offseason, and went on to start in a career-best 12 games in 2013 as an inside linebacker. Off-the-field, he is the consummate player philanthropist. He was named the 2013 Bills Walter Payton Man of the Year as well, for both his on- and off-the-field efforts.

Past Bills recipients of the Ed Block Courage Award are listed here.


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Bills in the thick of big competition

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on January 30, 2014 – 4:47 pm

unitedway-moats-instaIt’s the big game weekend in New York City, but it’s also championship weekend in the United Way NFL Playoff Challenge, and Arthur Moats needs Bills fans to push him through the finish. SIGN UP NOW and read on to find out why he’s depending on YOU to do a great thing for the Western New York community.

Moats is in a head-to-head battle against Cliff Avril of the Seattle Seahawks not only for pride, but for a $10,000 grant that will go to the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County.

“We’re just trying to get as many volunteers to go out to their local United Way to be mentors,” said Moats on the John Murphy Show. “It’s been an honor and a privilege to be in the top two and the entire community of Buffalo has been great as far as showing me support for the whole cause.”

The more volunteers that sign up at buffalobills.com/unitedway by this Sunday, the closer Arthur will be to bringing the grant home to Buffalo and recruiting mentors for children around the country. You don’t need to be a Western New Yorker to sign up, so PLEDGE TODAY!

“Buffalo has the best fans, hands down, so let’s show head-to-head against Seattle that we have the best fans and they’re also the best at improving the community,” Moats said. “If you haven’t voted yet, you should get on board.”


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Volunteer with Arthur Moats

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on January 16, 2014 – 10:13 am

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As the 2013 Bills Walter Payton Man of the Year  recipient for his consummate volunteerism, Arthur Moats wants YOU to join him in his efforts to better the communities we live in. He’s part of the United Way TEAM NFL Playoff Challenge – a contest between one member of each NFL team to recruit the most volunteers by the Super Bowl. Their goal is to recruit 99,000 volunteers across the country to “win where it matters most – in the classroom.” The winning player will receive a $10,000 for his local United Way.

Right now Moats is in third place league-wide (but not by much!) so VOLUNTEER TODAY to boost him to the top of the list.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER and make the Bills and Moats proud. Let’s bring that grant to Buffalo!


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Help baby NYC Bills Backer’s cancer fight

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on December 23, 2013 – 5:03 pm

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The Bills Backers of New York City is among the best Backers chapters in the country, with hundreds of transplanted Bills fans packing both McFadden’s and Calico Jack’s in Midtown Manhattan each gameday. Their incredible organization and participation are much a testament to their co-founders and presidents, Matt Kabel and Matt Soreco.

Kabel’s daughter Sally was diagnosed with Leukemia when she was 10 months old, and is in the midst of a two year journey through difficult treatments. On the Sweet Sally Sunshine blog, Kabel shares updates on her progress and describes Sally as a “beautiful, spunky, always smiling and most of all TOUGH little daughter” who’s remained upbeat along with her family through this bump in her life’s journey.

“I’m sure I can speak for Matt Kabel when I say that the outpouring of support from Bills Nation has been tremendous,” said Soreco. “It shows that we are not only bonded by the team we never cease to root for, but also by genuine love and compassion.”

Kabel, Soreco and all of the Backers in New York City continuously give so much to the Bills organization and to our cherished community of dedicated fans away from home, and we want to give back to the Kabel family on their road through Sally’s treatment.

Click here to read Kabel’s Sweet Sally Sunshine blog and learn more about her story and how to help.

Click here to bid on items the Bills organization has donated to support the Kabel family through Sally’s fight.


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