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Matt Urban Hope Center named One Buffalo Organization of the Game

Posted by Kelly Baker on December 6, 2017 – 11:09 am

During Buffalo’s Week 13 matchup against the New England Patriots, the Bills recognized the Matt Urban Hope Center as the One Buffalo Organization of the Game. In honor of the organization’s contributions and commitment to enriching our community, Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor presented the group with a commemorative game ball. Additionally, the Matt Urban Hope Center will receive a donation.

With input from the players, the Buffalo Bills will continue to celebrate a different local organization at each home game this season.

Congratulations!

 


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L. Alexander among finalists for Bart Starr Award

Posted by Kelly Baker on December 6, 2017 – 9:27 am

Each year, the Athletes in Action Bart Starr Award is given to a NFL athlete whose impact on the field is equally matched by their positive presence in the home and community. A nominee from each of the NFL’s 32 teams is selected and from there 10 finalists are chosen. This season, Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander has been named as one of the finalists.

A perfect example of what the award represents, Alexander has made an impact on Buffalo’s locker room and touched the lives of many across the country. Through his ACES Foundation, the 11-year NFL veteran has helped provide youth with the tools they need to become successful. His continual efforts to create change are unwavering and have inspired others to act.

Voted on by NFL players around the League, the 2018 Bart Starr Award winner will be announced at the Athletes in Action Super Bowl Breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 18. The full list of finalists includes, Ravens TE Benjamin Watson, Bears LB Sam Acho, Jaguars DE Calais Campbell, Jets RB Matt Forte, Rams T Andew Whitworth, Browns OL Joe Thomas, Chargers QB Philip Rivers, Bengals QB Andy Dalton and Redskins QB Colt McCoy.  Lining the list of past winners is Bills defensive backs coach Gill Byrd.


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Bills & ADPRO Sports HS Coach of the Week

Posted by Kelly Baker on November 14, 2017 – 6:07 pm

The Buffalo Bills are once again proudly partnering with ADPRO Sports in 2017, to recognize some of the best high school football coaches Western New York has to offer, through the High School Coach of the Week program. Throughout the 2017 high school football season, the Bills and ADPRO Sports will recognize 11 coaches from both the Buffalo and Rochester regions on buffalobills.com. The winners will be selected by a committee of high school football experts from each region.

The Buffalo Region Coach of the Week winner for Week 11 of the 2017 season is Eric Rupp, head coach of the Lancaster Legends. On Saturday, Nov. 11, Lancaster took on the Aquinas Institute of Rochester in the Far West Regionals. The Legends, who came into the contest undefeated, managed to stay perfect against a tough Little Irish squad. Holding Aquinas to just 57 yards of total offense, Lancaster’s defense got the job done. Senior quarterback Ryan Mansell led the way for the Legends on offense, connecting with wide receiver Max Giordano for a touchdown in the first quarter. With the 9-0 victory, Lancaster has improved to 11-0 on the campaign and will advance to the NYS Semifinals to play Cicero-North Syracuse on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.

The Rochester Region Coach of the Week winner for Week 11 is Derek Annechino, first-year head coach of the Aquinas Institute of Rochester Little Irish. After defeating Pittsford for the Class AA Section V title, Aquinas moved on to play Lancaster. Coming into the game at 9-1, the Little Irish defense put together a solid performance. Junior defensive end Caron Robinson recorded 11 tackles, six for a loss, and senior free safety Casey Hochheimer recovered a fumble. Finishing the season at 9-2, Annechino and the Little Irish will look to pick up where they left off next season.

Check back on Buffalobills.com each week for the announcement of the Coach of the Week winners and tune in to the John Murphy show each Tuesday afternoon to hear the winners announced on the show. Good luck to all of the high school football coaches this season from the Buffalo Bills and ADPRO Sports!


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Bills & ADPRO Sports HS Coach of the Week

Posted by Kelly Baker on November 7, 2017 – 3:08 pm

The Buffalo Bills are once again proudly partnering with ADPRO Sports in 2017, to recognize some of the best high school football coaches Western New York has to offer, through the High School Coach of the Week program. Throughout the 2017 high school football season, the Bills and ADPRO Sports will recognize 11 coaches from both the Buffalo and Rochester regions on buffalobills.com. The winners will be selected by a committee of high school football experts from each region.

The Buffalo Region Coach of the Week winner for Week 10 of the 2017 season is Mike Vastola, head coach of West Seneca West. On Saturday, Nov. 4, West Seneca West took on South Park at New Era Field for the Section VI Class A Championship. With both teams coming into the contest at a perfect 9-0 on the season, it was clear that it would be tough game. Senior quarterback Matt Myers led the way for West Seneca West on offense, completing 15 of 23 passes for 150 yards and a touchdown and rushing for another 70 yards and a score. Nursing a narrow 20-18 lead until late in the fourth quarter, West Seneca West senior defensive back Josh Karmazyn returned an interception 75 yards to the house to extend his team’s lead. Defeating South Park 27-24, West Seneca West has advanced to 10-0 and will take on Wilson Magnet of Rochester, New York in the Far West Regional on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m.

The Rochester Region Coach of the Week winner for Week 10 is Greg Mortier, head coach of the Wilson Magnet Wildcats. On Friday, Nov. 3, Wilson traveled to SUNY Brockport to face Irondequoit in the Section V Class A title game. Junior ball carrier Desi Floyd made quite an impact for the Wildcats on offense, producing 242 yards rushing for three touchdowns on just 18 touches. Despite the close score at the half, Wilson pulled away in the final quarter, scoring three touchdowns. Finishing the game 40-19 over Irondequoit, the Wildcats made history as they won the Section V title for the first time. With the victory, Wilson has advanced to 9-1 on the campaign and is scheduled to play West Seneca West on Saturday, Nov. 11.

Check back on Buffalobills.com each week for the announcement of the Coach of the Week winners and tune in to the John Murphy show each Tuesday afternoon to hear the winners announced on the show. Good luck to all of the high school football coaches this season from the Buffalo Bills and ADPRO Sports!

 

 


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Family Justice Center of Erie County named One Buffalo Organization of the Game

Posted by Kelly Baker on November 1, 2017 – 6:14 pm

At Buffalo’s Week 8 matchup against the Oakland Raiders, the Bills recognized the Family Justice Center of Erie County as the One Buffalo Organization of the Game. In honor of the organization’s contributions and commitment to the community, Bills fullback Mike Tolbert proudly presented the group with a commemorative game ball. Additionally, the Family Justice Center of Erie County will receive a donation.

With input from the players, the Buffalo Bills will continue to celebrate a different local organization at each home game this season.

Congratulations!

 


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Bills & ADPRO Sports HS Coach of the Week

Posted by Kelly Baker on October 31, 2017 – 2:20 pm

The Buffalo Bills are once again proudly partnering with ADPRO Sports in 2017, to recognize some of the best high school football coaches Western New York has to offer, through the High School Coach of the Week program. Throughout the 2017 high school football season, the Bills and ADPRO Sports will recognize 11 coaches from both the Buffalo and Rochester regions on buffalobills.com. The winners will be selected by a committee of high school football experts from each region.

The Buffalo Region Coach of the Week winner for Week 9 of the 2017 season is Glen Graham, head coach of the Cleveland Hill Golden Eagles. Coming into the Class C semifinals, Cleveland Hill was sitting at 7-1 on the season. Taking on Silver Creek, the Golden Eagles put together several impressive drives. Down 7-0 in the second quarter, junior running back Aaron Wahler capped a Golden Eagles 10-play, 73-yard drive, with a one-yard touchdown. After a successful two-point conversion, Cleveland Hill was back on top. The next series proved equally as inspired for the Golden Eagles, as junior running back Javon Thomas went 68 yards to the house for another score. Closing out the matchup 24-7, Cleveland Hill has advanced to 8-1 on the campaign and will face Southwestern next in the Class C Championship round.

The Rochester Region Coach of the Week winner for Week 9 is Erik Werner, head coach of the Hornell Red Raiders. On Saturday, Oct. 28, Hornell traveled to play the Batavia Blue Devils in the Class B semifinals. Staring down a 7-0 deficit after the first quarter, the Red Raiders managed to even the score before halftime. The momentum quickly swung in Hornell’s favor at the start of the third quarter, as senior Spencer Weyand returned a kick for 68 yards and put the Red Raiders in position to score. Just three plays later, senior ball carrier Hunter Babcock found the end zone for a two-yard touchdown. Scoring 19 unanswered points, the Red Raiders defeated the Blue Devils 26-7. Advancing to a perfect 9-0, Hornell is scheduled to play Livonia on Saturday, Nov. 4.

Check back on Buffalobills.com each week for the announcement of the Coach of the Week winners and tune in to the John Murphy show each Tuesday afternoon to hear the winners announced on the show. Good luck to all of the high school football coaches this season from the Buffalo Bills and ADPRO Sports!


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Bills & ADPRO Sports HS Coach of the Week

Posted by Kelly Baker on October 24, 2017 – 8:36 pm

The Buffalo Bills are once again proudly partnering with ADPRO Sports in 2017, to recognize some of the best high school football coaches Western New York has to offer, through the High School Coach of the Week program. Throughout the 2017 high school football season, the Bills and ADPRO Sports will recognize 11 coaches from both the Buffalo and Rochester regions on buffalobills.com. The winners will be selected by a committee of high school football experts from each region.

The Buffalo Region Coach of the Week winner for Week 8 of the 2017 season is Jim Maurino, head coach of the West Seneca East Trojans. The Trojans took on the Grand Island Vikings in the first round of the Class A playoffs on Friday, Oct. 20.  Coming into the contest, West Seneca East was ranked as the No. four seed and Grand Island was the top seed. Trailing 7-0 at the half, the Trojans railed in the third and fourth quarters to put up 28 points. Leading the way for West Seneca East on offense was senior running back Jacob Maurino, who compiled 275 yards rushing on 13 carries for three touchdowns. On defense, junior linebacker Shaun Dolac recorded 10 tackles and an interception. With the 28-14 win, West Seneca East will advance to take on the undefeated South Park Sparks on Friday, Oct. 27.

The Rochester Region Coach of the Week winner for Week 8 is Tim Sawyer, head coach of the Alexander Trojans. Taking on the Finney/Northstar Christian Academy Falcons in the first round of Class D playoffs, the Trojans came out strong. Up 21-14 at halftime, Alexander sealed the game in the third quarter, scoring three touchdowns. Junior tailback Chris McClinic paved the way on offense with 24 carries for 188 yards, four touchdowns and a two-point conversion. Freshman running back Terrez Smith also had a standout game, racking up 141 yards rushing on 13 carries for a touchdown. Perfect at 8-0, Alexander will take on Red Jacket on Saturday, Oct. 28.

Check back on Buffalobills.com each week for the announcement of the Coach of the Week winners and tune in to the John Murphy show each Tuesday afternoon to hear the winners announced on the show. Good luck to all of the high school football coaches this season from the Buffalo Bills and ADPRO Sports!

 

 


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Bills & ECMC tackle breast cancer

Posted by Kelly Baker on October 19, 2017 – 10:40 am

This week, the Buffalo Bills and ECMC have teamed up to intercept cancer in recognition of the NFL’s Crucial Catch Campaign, by creating several events that seek to generate awareness and increase cancer prevention. On Wednesday, Oct. 18, the focus was breast cancer. To support the cause, the ECMC Mammography Coach was on-site at Dunn Tire in Olean to provide free breast cancer screenings.

Throughout the day, members of the community took a proactive approach to their health by stopping by to receive a screening.

For more information on how the Bills and ECMC are making a difference this week, please visit here.


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Bills & ADPRO Sports HS Coach of the Week

Posted by Kelly Baker on October 17, 2017 – 8:24 pm

The Buffalo Bills are once again proudly partnering with ADPRO Sports in 2017, to recognize some of the best high school football coaches Western New York has to offer, through the High School Coach of the Week program. Throughout the 2017 high school football season, the Bills and ADPRO Sports will recognize 11 coaches from both the Buffalo and Rochester regions on buffalobills.com. The winners will be selected by a committee of high school football experts from each region.

The Buffalo Region Coach of the Week winner for Week 7 of the 2017 season is Mike Fatta, head coach of the Cheektowaga Warriors. On Friday, Oct. 13, Cheektowaga took on rival Maryvale on the road for the team’s last regular season game. Coming into the contest, the Warriors were ranked 12th in New York State, behind 8th place and undefeated Maryvale. Led by junior quarterback KeShone Beal, who scored each of the team’s four touchdowns, the Warriors served the Flyers their only loss of the season. With the 28-21 victory, Cheektowaga won the Class B-1 Division title – the team’s seventh straight. Next up, the Warriors will take on Newfane.

The Rochester Region Coach of the Week winner for Week 7 is Dennis Greco, head coach of the East Rochester-Gananda Bombers. Greco, who has coached at East Rochester for 25 seasons, led the Bombers to a 34-14 win over Penn Yan. East Rochester-Gananda came out strong in the game’s first half, scoring 19 unanswered points. Running back Jayden Castrechini paved the way for the Bombers on the ground, putting up 332 yards rushing on 32 carries for two touchdowns. A threat on defense as well, Castrechini pulled in two interceptions. With the win, the Bombers solidified the Finger Lakes East Championship title and will enter the Class C playoffs as the top ranked seed.

Check back on Buffalobills.com each week for the announcement of the Coach of the Week winners and tune in to the John Murphy show each Tuesday afternoon to hear the winners announced on the show. Good luck to all of the high school football coaches this season from the Buffalo Bills and ADPRO Sports!


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Bills & ADPRO Sports HS Coach of the Week

Posted by Kelly Baker on October 10, 2017 – 2:02 pm

The Buffalo Bills are once again proudly partnering with ADPRO Sports in 2017, to recognize some of the best high school football coaches Western New York has to offer, through the High School Coach of the Week program. Throughout the 2017 high school football season, the Bills and ADPRO Sports will recognize 11 coaches from both the Buffalo and Rochester regions on buffalobills.com. The winners will be selected by a committee of high school football experts from each region.

The Buffalo Region Coach of the Week winner for Week 6 of the 2017 season is Tim Delaney, head coach of the South Park Sparks. On Friday, Oct. 6, undefeated South Park took on the West Seneca East Trojans on the road. Although they were down 21-0 at the half, the Sparks never gave up. By the third quarter, momentum had started to swing in South Park’s direction. Senior Shyquan Brodie helped lead the way for the Sparks when he intercepted a West Seneca East pass, which set South Park up for a scoring drive. The defense came up big again when they held the Trojans to a three-and-out. South Park junior Elijah Lewis blocked the Trojans’ punt, resulting in the Sparks recovering the ball in the end zone for another score. Holding West Seneca East to a scoreless second half, the Sparks finished the game on top 36-21 – the biggest South Park comeback victory in over 30 years. With the win, South Park remains perfect at 6-0. The Sparks’ next matchup will take place on Friday, Oct. 13 against Lake Shore.

The Rochester Region Coach of the Week winner for Week 6 is Nick DerCola, head coach of the Clyde-Savannah Golden Eagles. Taking on Finney on the road, the undefeated Golden Eagles found themselves in a close game through the first half. Coming out strong on their first drive of the third quarter, Clyde-Savannah scored to extend their lead. Golden Eagles freshman Camden Chance came away with a 91-yard interception for a touchdown to put Clyde-Savannah up 35-20. Chance’s older brother and teammate Derrick Chance, helped the Golden Eagles on offense when he pulled in a 35-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Dru Carnavale. Clyde-Savannah went on to defeat Finney 49-28, advancing to 6-0 on the season. Next up, the Golden Eagles will face conference opponent Sodus/Lyons on Friday, Oct. 13 at home.

Check back on Buffalobills.com each week for the announcement of the Coach of the Week winners and tune in to the John Murphy show each Tuesday afternoon to hear the winners announced on the show. Good luck to all of the high school football coaches this season from the Buffalo Bills and ADPRO Sports!

 

 


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Bills & ADPRO Sports HS Coach of the Week

Posted by Kelly Baker on October 3, 2017 – 6:56 pm

The Buffalo Bills are once again proudly partnering with ADPRO Sports in 2017, to recognize some of the best high school football coaches Western New York has to offer, through the High School Coach of the Week program. Throughout the 2017 high school football season, the Bills and ADPRO Sports will recognize 11 coaches from both the Buffalo and Rochester regions on buffalobills.com. The winners will be selected by a committee of high school football experts from each region.

The Buffalo Region Coach of the Week winner for Week 5 of the 2017 season is Dean Santorio, head coach of the Grand Island Vikings. The longtime head coach, led the Vikings to a 33-7 victory over Starpoint on Friday, Sept. 29 at home. Coming into the contest, the Vikings were 3-1 and Starpoint was undefeated at 4-0. Considered an underdog in the matchup, Grand Island put on quite a performance. Propelling the Vikings’ offense was senior running back Thomas Cecere, who finished the game with 33 carries for 203 yards and three touchdowns. Cecere also made an impact on defense, returning an interception for 65 yards and a score. With the win, the Vikings have advanced to 4-1 on the season and will take on Sweet Home on the road on Friday, Oct. 6.

The Rochester Region Coach of the Week winner for Week 5 is Dan Fichter, head coach of the Irondequoit Eagles. The undefeated Eagles faced Brockport on the road on Friday, Sept. 29. Staring down a 7-0 deficit at halftime, the Eagles came out ready to score in the third quarter. Led by junior quarterback Freddie June, who put together an impressive 78-yard touchdown run, Irondequoit evened the score. The Eagles put the game away in the final quarter, when senior running back Will Porter found the end zone for a five-yard touchdown. Winning 14-7, the Eagles are now 5-0. Irondequoit will host Greece Athena on Friday, Oct. 7.

Check back on Buffalobills.com each week for the announcement of the Coach of the Week winners and tune in to the John Murphy show each Tuesday afternoon to hear the winners announced on the show. Good luck to all of the high school football coaches this season from the Buffalo Bills and ADPRO Sports!

 

 

 


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Bills & ADPRO Sports HS Coach of the Week

Posted by Kelly Baker on September 26, 2017 – 3:47 pm

The Buffalo Bills are once again proudly partnering with ADPRO Sports in 2017, to recognize some of the best high school football coaches Western New York has to offer, through the High School Coach of the Week program. Throughout the 2017 high school football season, the Bills and ADPRO Sports will recognize 11 coaches from both the Buffalo and Rochester regions on buffalobills.com. The winners will be selected by a committee of high school football experts from each region.

The Buffalo Region Coach of the Week winner for Week 4 of the 2017 season is Bill Atlas, head coach of the Wilson Lakemen. On Friday, Sept. 22, the Lakemen took on the Lewiston-Porter Lancers at home. Wilson headed into the locker room at halftime, nursing a 7-0 lead. However, the Lakemen got off to a quick start in the third quarter. Led by junior quarterback Steve Frerichs, Wilson scored twice to extend their lead to 20-0.  Frerichs finished the game with a touchdown through the air and one on the ground. Senior Matt Kitcho also contributed to the score with a rushing touchdown. In the end, Wilson’s defense went on to shut out the Lancers 27-0. With the win, the Lakemen advanced to 2-2 on the campaign. Wilson will host Eden/North Collins on Friday, Sept. 29, for the team’s home opener.

The Rochester Region Coach of the Week winner for Week 4 is Keith Molinich, head coach of the Pittsford Panthers. The Panthers took on the Victor Blue Devils on the road on Friday, Sept. 22. Coming into the contest, Victor was the No. 1 ranked AA team in Section 5. Up for the challenge, the Pittsford Panthers came out fast and physical on both offense and defense. Ending the half with a 9-0 lead, Pittsford extended the score to 16-0 in the fourth quarter. Junior quarterback Matt LaRocca and senior running back Ali Brooks led the way on offense, while senior Sky Crain, who recorded two sacks, put in work on defense. Finishing the game 16-6, the Panthers made a statement. Pittsford will face Hilton at home for their next matchup on Saturday, Sept. 30.

Check back on Buffalobills.com each week for the announcement of the Coach of the Week winners and tune in to the John Murphy show each Tuesday afternoon to hear the winners announced on the show. Good luck to all of the high school football coaches this season from the Buffalo Bills and ADPRO Sports!


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Bills & ADPRO Sports High School Coach of the Week

Posted by Kelly Baker on September 13, 2017 – 5:47 pm

The Buffalo Bills are once again proudly partnering with ADPRO Sports in 2017, to recognize some of the best high school football coaches Western New York has to offer, through the High School Coach of the Week program. Throughout the 2017 high school football season, the Bills and ADPRO Sports will recognize 11 coaches from both the Buffalo and Rochester regions on buffalobills.com. The winners will be selected by a committee of high school football experts from each region.

The Buffalo Region Coach of the Week winner for Week 2 of the 2017 season is Chuck Nagel, head coach of the Newfane Panthers. On Saturday, Sept. 9, Newfane hosted Lewiston Porter for a non-conference matchup. Playing before the largest crowd in Newfane history (1,700 fans), the Panthers quickly found themselves with a 21-12 lead over the Lancers. Scoring three more touchdowns in the third quarter, the Panthers went on to defeat the Lancers 48-18. Newfane junior running back Shayne Harrington helped pave the way for the Panthers. With the win, Newfane advanced to 1-1 on the season.

The Rochester Region Coach of the Week winner for Week 2 is Dave Whitcomb, head coach of the Fairport Red Raiders. After falling to Cicero-North during the team’s season opener, Fairport was determined to get their first win of the season. On Saturday, Sept. 9, Fairport took on Hilton on the road, defeating the Cadets 23-21. The close game was decided on a 40-yard field goal with less than a minute left in the fourth quarter. Kicking it through the uprights, junior K Amir  Yamout solidified the win for the Red Raiders. With the victory, Fairport is now 1-1 on the season and is set to take on Penfield at home on Friday, Sept. 15.

Check back on Buffalobills.com each week for the announcement of the Coach of the Week winners and tune in to the John Murphy show each Tuesday afternoon to hear the winners announced on the show. Good luck to all of the high school football coaches this season from the Buffalo Bills and ADPRO Sports!


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50-50 raffle winner from Bills-Vikings game announced

Posted by Kelly Baker on August 18, 2017 – 4:31 pm

The Buffalo Bills Foundation is proud to announce that Jerry Moore from Bradford, Pennsylvania, has won the 50-50 raffle for the Bills-Vikings game. The jackpot was $27,335, with a winning ticket for $13,668.

As a Bills Season Ticket Member since 2010, Moore has made a habit of buying 50-50 raffle tickets each game. After many years of playing the raffle, Moore is thrilled to have finally won. “I didn’t think it was mine; I didn’t believe it,” stated Moore. Moore and his wife will be taking a trip to Disney in a few weeks with his prize earning.


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Starpoint to appear in USA Football’s 7-on-7 National Championship Series

Posted by Kelly Baker on July 21, 2017 – 10:43 am

After an impressive showing in the recent USA Football Buffalo Regional 7-on-7 competition, the Starpoint High School football team has advanced to the National Championship Series. The event, set in Canton, Ohio, will take place on Friday, July 21 and continue through July 22. The series will feature 17 teams, battling for the number one spot.

Led by head coach Al Cavagnaro, Starpoint will look to keep their win streak alive. The Lockport, New York based school, proved dominant during the regional round, going undefeated throughout the tournament. Hosted by the Town of Hamburg Recreation Department and Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission, 16 teams from Western New York took part in the one-day event. With a 22-12 win over Cheektowaga in the final, Starpoint advanced to 5-0 on the day and earned a spot in Canton.

USA Footballs’ 7-on-7 competitions have proven a great way for coaches to continue to develop their athletes. With support from the Buffalo Bills and the local community, the Buffalo Regional competition proved both fun and educational.

“The Buffalo Bills are proud to partner with USA Football, the Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission and the Town of Hamburg Recreation Department on the first-ever USA Football 7-on-7 Regional Championship in Western New York,” said Preston Teague, Buffalo Bills Director of Community Relations. “This tournament is an excellent opportunity local high school football teams to compete and show who is best in our region. We are also excited for the opportunity for our tournament winners to participate in one of the National Championship Series events this summer.”

As Starpoint prepares for the next installment in the series, the Bills and entire Western New York region wish them luck!

To watch the tournament live, click here.


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Mentoring program featuring Bills now accepting teacher applications

Posted by Kelly Baker on June 22, 2017 – 8:42 am

The Buffalo Bills are proud to team up with Classroom Champions, to make a difference in Western New York schools this fall! A nonprofit organization, Classroom Champions is an established program dedicated to pairing classrooms with athletes in order to help students excel. After finding success in bringing classrooms and Olympic athletes together, the upcoming program with the Bills will mark the first-ever relationship with NFL players.

The Classroom Champions – Buffalo Bills Mentoring program, will pair five classrooms with current Bills players from September through December in 2017. The unique initiative offers educators an opportunity to introduce critical life skills to their students such as goal setting, teamwork and community involvement – while building relationships.

Teachers in the Western New York area are invited to apply. The deadline for applications is June 30.

For more information, please visit here.

This program is funded by the Buffalo Bills Foundation.

ABOUT THE BUFFALO BILLS FOUNDATION

The Buffalo Bills Foundation supports organizations that are committed to improving the quality of life in our region. This will be achieved through philanthropic investment in our community along with supporting NFL and team charitable initiatives.


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Buffalo Regional 7on7 Championships June 23-24

Posted by Kelly Baker on May 19, 2017 – 5:30 pm

The Buffalo Bills are partnering with USA Football, The Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission and the Town of Hamburg Recreation Department to host the first ever Buffalo – USA Football 7on7 Regional Championships.

On Friday, June 23rd the Buffalo Bills will host a reception and informational session at the ADPRO Sports Training Center for all participating coaches, with games played the following day (June 24th) at the Town of Hamburg Recreation fields.

The tournament is open to high school JV and Varsity school teams and costs $200 per team.  The winning Varsity team will receive a USA Football grant, t-shirts, trophy and FREE entry into the National Championship Series event in Canton, OH at the Pro Football Hall of Fame on July 21 – 22, 2017.

USA Football 7on7 was built by high school coaches for high school teams. No all-star teams are allowed.  This event sets the standard in high school team-based championships, professionally operated with certified high school officials, separate timers, scorekeepers and portable scoreboards on each field.

For more information and to register for the Buffalo Regional Tournament please use the following link (make sure to click on the button next to ‘Buffalo Regional’): http://7on7.usafootball.com/Events


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Bills memorabilia available on NFL Auction

Posted by Kelly Baker on April 28, 2017 – 3:53 pm

Bills fans, several unique pieces of Bills memorabilia are up for bid on NFL Auction throughout Draft weekend.

Items currently available include the following:

– 2016 Bills draft class signed full size helmet

– 2015 Bills draft class signed mini helmet

– Sammy Watkins signed 2014 draft mini helmet and much more!

Don’t miss out on your chance to take home a part of Bills history! To bid now, click here.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Buffalo Bills Foundation.

ABOUT THE BUFFALO BILLS FOUNDATION

The Buffalo Bills Foundation supports organizations that are committed to improving the quality of life in our region. This will be achieved through philanthropic investment in our community along with supporting NFL and team charitable initiatives.


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Lorenzo Alexander pays visit to local elementary school

Posted by Kelly Baker on April 6, 2017 – 11:37 am

He’s only been back in Western New York for a few days, but that hasn’t stopped Bills Pro Bowl linebacker Lorenzo Alexander from making a difference in the community.

On Tuesday, April 4, Alexander and his ACES Foundation, paid a special visit to Pembroke Intermediate School to meet with Mr. Brown’s fourth grade class.

“When I got back we went out there…We signed autographs for the kids, spoke to them about commitment and consistency and building relationships,” said Alexander. “I really liked the school and they’re doing a lot of great things out there.”

Reflecting on the afternoon, Alexander, this year’s Call to Courage Award recipient, explained that his main message to the young students was about character development.

“That’s what it’s always about – character,” said Alexander. “Being a great person, taking care of your classmates, your community and yourself and staying healthy – all the things you want to emphasize with kids. I emphasize with my own children.”

As far as his plans for the remainder of the offseason—in-between his duties on the field—Alexander aims to spend as much time giving back as he can.

“I think being my second year here, being more comfortable, how well the city embraced me last year and just the community, I wanted to get engaged sooner in that regard and give back when I have time in the offseason…”


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USA Football’s 2017 Grant Program now open

Posted by Kelly Baker on March 23, 2017 – 9:53 am

The 2017 USA Football Grant Program enables youth football leagues and scholastic teams to upgrade equipment, improve playing fields, recover from natural disasters and acquire life-saving equipment.  Applications for equipment, field and product grants are awarded to 501(c)(3)  tax – exempt youth, middle school and high school football programs throughout the United States.

Along with the grant program, USA Football has several other initiatives including the Heads Up Football initiative which the Bills proudly support in Western New York.  Though the USA Football Grant Program is available to any youth or school sponsored football organization, programs signed up and engaged in Heads Up Football are eligible for larger grant amounts.

Those wishing to submit a USA Football grant application will have until Wednesday, April 12 to do so.

For more information on USA Football’s 2017 Grant Program and to apply, please visit here.

 


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