On Friday, Feb. 5, Bills kickoff specialist Jordan Gay visited John A. Sciole Elementary school in Depew, N.Y. Accompanied by his fiancé, Meredith, Gay teamed up with Gwen Mysiak of the P.U.N.T Foundation to speak to Sciole's students about making an impact in the community. The excited students, dressed in Bills gear, welcomed Gay and Mysiak by proudly singing the Sciole school song and the kindness song.
Mysiak got started by delivering a presentation on the history of the P.U.N.T Foundation, which was started in 2004 by former Bills punter Brian Moorman, and explained the nonprofit's mission. The organization seeks to help children suffering from cancer by raising funds for impacted families and offering special experiences.
Following Mysiak, Gay greeted the students and explained the ways that he makes a difference to those in need, and allowed them to ask questions about his life both off and on the field. Alongside his work with the P.U.N.T Foundation, Gay takes an active role in several community programs. Gay expressed that he is grateful for the opportunity to utilize his platform to assist others.
"It's fun and makes you feel younger," said Gay. "In the NFL, kids tend to look up to me so I try to use that to be a role model and spread kindness."
In conjunction with the school's "Month of Kindness," students are doing their part to support the P.U.N.T Foundation through "Punt for Pennies." Sciole students, ranging from kindergarten to third grade, are welcomed to donate pennies to their classroom collection and are then entered into a drawing for a chance to win a variety of prizes. The initiative empowers Sciole students to always strive to show kindness—even when faced with situations that make it difficult to do so.