The Buffalo Alliance for Education recognized the Buffalo Bills with the prestigious 2008 Commitment to Education Award on Wednesday, October 15, 2008. The Buffalo mayor's office presented the Bills with an official framed proclamation signed by Mayor Byron Brown honoring the Bills for their partnership with Buffalo Public Schools.
The Buffalo Alliance for Education (BAE) is an independent, non-profit organization with a successful history of connecting outside organizations with schools to enhance and enrich student achievement. Business leaders, who had a commitment to change Buffalo Public Schools through facilitating business-school partnerships, originated the BAE in 1992. Today, the BAE has expanded to include several programs, publications and outreach events that provide resources for 750 schools throughout the Western New York region, with particular attention to those in high poverty schools.
The Bills contribute to many of the City's youth and high school athletic programs, many of which would not exist without the participation of the Bills. However, the organization also strives to help students in the classroom and promote health and fitness as well.
The Bills have created and supported many programs including 'What Moves U' in cooperation with BlueCross BlueShield of WNY and the American Heart Association, the 'Buffalo Bills Youth Foundation,' 'Player Speakers Series,' 'WNY Girls in Sports,' 'Buffalo Bills Fitness Zone,' 'Hometown Huddle' in conjunction with United Way and the NFL, 'Player Community Ticket Program,' 'Student Leaders' and many others.
The Buffalo Bills are proud to have worked with over 15 schools in the Buffalo Public School system and community.