1. Bills players host Play 60 Field Day at local school
It has been quite an active week for the Buffalo Bills. This Wednesday, June 6, Bills players came together with the Independent Health Foundation and the Buffalo Niagara American Heart Association to celebrate the completion of the 2017-18 Play 60 Challenge and Fitness for Kids Challenge programs at Buffalo Public School No. 79. The programs, which encourage children in grades two through five to be physically active for 60 minutes each day in school and at home, also promote making good nutritional choices.
“The Independent Health Foundation is pleased with the success of Fitness for Kids Challenge and the Buffalo Bills Play 60 Challenge this year. Because of these two programs, we are able to instill healthy habits in children while also reaching their families and teachers in their schools.” Said Carrie Meyer, Executive Director of the Independent Health Foundation. “We are even more enthusiastic about this year’s record number of participating classrooms. We’ve reached over 545 classrooms in over 60 schools with our programs.”
Bills players visited the school, where they hosted a Play 60 Field Day for the third graders. Leading the children in several fun activity stations were guard John Miller, running back Taiwan Jones, tight end Keith Towbridge, running back Travaris Cadet and center Adam Redmond.
“I’ve been in their shoes,” said Jones. “I know how important [it is] for guys like us to come and just have fun within the community and to be able to see these kids having fun and exercising [is great]. Health is very important. It’s very important for us to stress to be outside and be active and have fun and enjoy it too.”
2. Rookies in the city
Bills first-round draft picks cornerback Tremaine Edmunds and quarterback Josh Allen joined the rest of the 2018 Bills rookie class in visiting Buffalo Public School No. 99 Stanley Makowski Early Childhood Center to read and engage with local children. Working with the youngsters proved inspiring and the Bills newcomers were very pleased with how the event turned out.
“It was a really cool experience to see their faces light up,” explained Allen.
The rookies’ faces lit up later that day too as they received a tour of the New Era Headquarters in downtown Buffalo. The guys got to try on a variety of caps and visit the design room. All in all, the rookies had a productive day in Western New York, getting to know more about their new home.
3. McDermott and coaching staff lend a helping hand
Last Saturday, June 2, Bills Head Coach Sean McDermott, offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and many other members of the Buffalo Bills coaching staff, lent a helping hand to the community through Habitat for Humanity Buffalo. Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that helps place families in affordable housing in the Western New York Community and around the world. Housing insecurity is something that touches about half of adults at some point in their life and the Bills were grateful they could make a difference on such a pressing issue. The group played a hands-on role in the construction of an affordable housing project. Everyone had a great time, while supporting a great cause.
4. Bills players pass down their flag football skills
Bills rookies joined team veterans at the ADPRO Sports Training Center last Saturday, June 2, for a NFL Flag tournament. A few of the players who helped coach and cheer on the young athletes, ages five through 17, include quarterback Josh Allen, defensive tackle Harrison Phillips and linebacker Lorenzo Alexander. NFL Flag is a leading flag football program, which promotes high safety standards, education and support. The program believes that football can impart profound lessons and provide youth with skills that help them grow and reach their full potential. The Bills players were excited to help teach the local youth through a fun day of flag football.
5. White holds his first youth football camp
Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White, invited over 500 Shreveport-Bossier youth to Independence Stadium last weekend. The children all received camp t-shirts, lunch, autographs and an action-packed day filled with drills and one-on-one attention from some coaches and volunteers. There were even guest appearances from White’s former LSU teammates, alumni, former high school teammates and coaches, including New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne. White was honored and humbled by the love and support he received during the event. Entering his second year in the NFL, White was also touched to know that he has come full-circle and now has the opportunity to inspire youth in his hometown and around the country.