All season long, the Buffalo Bills have recognized local nonprofit organizations for their outstanding contributions to the Western New York Community through the One Buffalo Organization of the Game program. Last Sunday's game against the Lions, was no different. Prior to the matchup, Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen met with representatives from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo, where he presented them with a game ball on behalf of his fellow teammates. Allen spent time talking to the group and showcased his appreciation for all the organization does to support the area.
Making the visit to the ADPRO Sports Training Center was Taylor Morgan, a young member of the Babcock Clubhouse, who has utilized its services for six years. Excited for the chance to meet Allen for the first time, she shook his hand posed for a photo.
"This is amazing," said Carol Hairston, Director of Donor Relations & Special Events at Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo. "We've never got this type of recognition before, so we're very honored to be chosen as the [One Buffalo] Organization of the game by Josh Allen."
As explained by Hairston, the organization provides diversified activities for youth in five core areas such as Character & Leadership Development, Education & Career Development, Health & Life Skills, Sports, Fitness & Recreation and The Arts. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo serve more than 3,200 youth ages 5-18 and have been making a positive impact on the region since 1926.
"...We have been involved with them [the Buffalo Bills] for quite a few years now," she said. "We have done our Flag Football team that they're sponsoring this year. We've got 250 members doing Flag Football in all of our 10 clubhouses."
Following the visit, members from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo enjoyed cheering on Allen and the Bills at New Era Field as the team defeated the Lions 14-13.
The Bills will honor a different local organization at their Week 17 home game against the Dolphins.