Once again this season several Bills players are taking part in the team's Community Ticket Donation Program, which provides community groups and school children the opportunity to attend a Buffalo Bills home game as the guest of one of the Buffalo Bills players or coaches.
The guests are given game tickets along with a food and beverage voucher from the players. In recognition of the groups and the players' donation, there are banners along the ringwall (e.g. 'Peerless' Pack') and an announcement welcoming the guests on the scoreboard.
Players usually provide anywhere from 10 to 20 tickets per home game to their various community groups.
Some of the players who are participating this season include Angelo Crowell, Ryan Denney, Terrence McGee, Brian Moorman, Ryan Neufeld, Peerless Price, Josh Reed, Robert Royal, Aaron Schobel, Josh Stamer, Anthony Thomas, and Donte Whitner.
Most of the kids get to sit with the rest of Buffalo's enthusiastic fan base, but Moorman has donated his suite to the program as members of Carly's club benefit from his generosity.
"Our foundation raises money to get kids there not only from Carly's club, but we're also going to try to bring kids over from Strong Memorial hospital in Rochester to help all kids in Western New York," said Moorman. "We want to give them a chance to come see the games where they wouldn't normally be able to sit outside because of the treatments that they're going through. It's means a lot to the kids and their families to be able to experience something that they may not normally be able to experience and I'm glad we're able to provide that."
The program has extended this unique opportunity to community organizations such as Boys & Girls Club of Buffalo, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Buffalo, Northwest Buffalo Community Center, Carly's Club, Stone's Buddies, The Ronald McDonald House, Salvation Army Youth Services as well as many other charitable groups.
"I've seen parents come to tears when they talk about the experiences that their kids have been able to have on a game day," said Moorman. "Not just the kids that are sick, but their brothers and sisters that get to hang out with them at the game. That's why we do it."
Below is a list of the players taking part this season and those community groups that will directly benefit from the Players Community Ticket Donation Program.
-Terrence McGee- Big Brothers Big Sisters, NW Buffalo Community Center, Buffalo Prep, Big Brothers Big Sisters
-Peerless Price- Big Brothers Big Sisters, Hillside Auburn, PAL, Boys and Girls Club of Buffalo
-Josh Reed- Salvation Army, Peace Inc, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Buffalo Public Schools
-Robert Royal- Boys and Girls Club of Niagara Falls, Military Families, NW Buffalo Community Center, Buffalo Prep
-Anthony Thomas- Boys and Girls Club of Buffalo for the whole season
-Ryan Denney- Make a Wish
-Donte Whitner- United Way
-Josh Stamer- NW Buffalo Community Center, Boys and Girls Club of Springville, Boys and Girls Club of the Northtowns, Heritage Center
-Aaron Schobel- Boys and Girls Club of Buffalo for the first game, Ronald McDonald House for the rest of the season
-Ryan Neufeld- Baker Victory Services, Boys and Girls Club of Springville, Stones Buddies, Camp Good Days
-Angelo Crowell- Buffalo Public Schools and PAL
-Brian Moorman- Donated his suite to Carly's Club