–The Buffalo Bills and Unyts will host the Gift of Life Blood Drive at Ralph Wilson Stadium today. All presenting donors will receive a complimentary a $5 Subway gift card, a complimentary $5 Tim Hortons gift card, a ½ pint of Perry’s Ice Cream and will be entered in random drawings for many great prizes. Stadium and locker room tours will take place from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. for donors. Donors should bring their photo I.D. and must be 17 years of age or older. Those 16 years of age may donate blood with parental consent. Walk-ins are welcome or donors can call 1.716.312.7940 or visit www.unyts.org to make an appointment.
–Former Bills DL Phil Hansen and his wife Dianna will return to Buffalo and the Ronald McDonald House of Buffalo today at 11:00 am to dedicate the Hansen Family Room and visit with families and staff at a post dedication luncheon. Dianna, a long-time volunteer at the House, and Phil, a former Buffalo Bill defensive end standout inducted onto the Bills Wall of Fame in 2011, will be honored for their selfless commitment to children and families.
–Members of the Buffalo Bills 2013 rookie class will attend tonight’s Buffalo Bisons vs. Lehigh Valley IronPigs game at 7:05 PM at Coca-Cola Field. The players will take a group photo on the field prior to the game and first-round selection QB EJ Manuel will throw a ceremonial first pitch.
–Bills WR T.J. Graham will take part in a Gatorade “Train with a Pro” event tomorrow at Webster Schroeder High School (Webster, NY). Gatorade gave high school football teams across the country a chance to learn how the pros train and fuel to get the win from the players themselves. From July to September high school teams competed to win one of 33 training experiences with an NFL player to help them take their game to the next level. Graham will assist Webster Schroeder coach Kali Watkins in leading the football team through a practice.
–The Buffalo Bills 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 email@example.com. 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.
—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
JIM KELLY, former Buffalo Bills and Hall of Fame QB on facing cancer head on:
“Oh it has been my whole life. We’re from Buffalo. We’ve been to the top and we’ve had fun, but we’ve been at the bottom and it’s just one of those things that I’ve been through my whole life and just the way it has been. I wish I could say that everything I’ve done in life, everything’s went by piece, but I think for most people that’s the way it is. You have challenges, you have to confront them head on and this is just another one…I’m down at the bottom, but I will rise to the top again.”
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Former Buffalo Bills and Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly talks with former teammate WR Andre Reed and former Bills General Manager Bill Polian at yesterday’s 27th annual Jim Kelly Classic. Over 50 celebrities came together from the sports and entertainment industry for a memorable weekend and each golf foursome was paired with a celebrity golfer. The event serves as a benefit for Kelly for Kids – a not-for-profit foundation committed to providing funding and support to those organizations throughout Western New York that operate for the benefit of disadvantaged and disabled youth. Through its grant program, Kelly for Kids supports various entities focused on children’s needs and issues, especially those that serve the handicapped and disadvantaged.
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