The Buffalo Bills Toyota Rookie Club joined the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County and the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council (ADADC) to host the annual Hometown Huddle event by bringing in 100 students from the Buffalo Public Schools to the ADPRO Sports Training Center for an NFL Flag Football Clinic in conjunction with the Fuel Up to Play 60 program.
"The United Way of Buffalo & Erie County is proud to partner with the Buffalo Bills to help strengthen the health and wellness of local youth," said Michael Weiner, President and CEO of United Way of Buffalo & Erie County. "Through the partnership with the Buffalo Bills and American Dairy Association and Dairy Council, we are proud to support this annual event through our Hometown Huddle program which ultimately encourages a better community for Buffalo and Erie County."
Buffalo Bills Director of Alumni, and former CB, Marlon Kerner served as the event emcee. He introduced Weiner, who kicked off the event by welcoming students, and was joined by local dairy farmer Russ Klein who stressed the importance of incorporating dairy products into a healthy diet in order to fuel up to Play 60.
"As a dairy farmer, I'm really proud of the job we do, providing wholesome milk to our communities," said Russ Klein from Silver Meadow Farm. "I'm also proud of the work we've done with the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, which combines physical activity with nutrition, so students are able to perform their best, on and off the field."
Buffalo Bills Strength and Conditioning Assistant Dan Liburd then joined the Buffalo Bills Toyota Rookie Club who led the kids in warm-ups, before heading to their NFL Flag stations. The rookies led the stations alongside volunteers from United Way and ADADC.
The event was capped off with an autograph session for participants. Each student received a gift bag of prizes from the Buffalo Bills, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, and American Dairy Association and Dairy Council, and were then given a healthy meal to take home.