Buffalo Wild Wings awards sports grants to Boys & Girls Clubs of the Chattahoochee Valley

(WTVM) - Boys & Girls Clubs of the Chattahoochee Valley announced Thursday, Oct. 2 that Buffalo Wild Wings is supporting their ALL STARS flag football and cheerleading programs this fall with a $12,000 grant.

As part of Buffalo Wild Wings' Team Up for Kids® initiative and partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the company is supporting 285 Clubs across the country this fall, creating sports programs that promote physical fitness and good sportsmanship.

The grants also includes team jerseys and tools and resources from the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) which provides education and training programs for administrators and volunteer coaches to use across all team sports programs.

The flag football and cheerleading programs began on August 26. The South Club held a pep rally on September 10 to celebrate the season with introductions of the team players and performances by the cheerleading teams.  Team divisions consist of 6 & 7 year olds, 8 & 9 year olds, 9-12 year old girls, and 10-12 year old boys.  Each division has a game each week through the end of the season which concludes on October 9.

"During the out-of-school time, it is critical that we provide programming that helps kids learn about teamwork and the importance of good sportsmanship. These lessons become building blocks for skills that young people need as they move into adulthood," said Rodney Close, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Chattahoochee Valley.  "Thanks to Buffalo Wild Wings, our ALL STARS program is providing opportunities for kids to be part of a team – learning invaluable lessons and skills that will help them succeed at school, at home, at the Club and in life."

"Once again, we are honored to partner with Boys & Girls Clubs of America for our ALL STARS program, impacting thousands of Club kids each year through team sports," said Mary Twinem, Buffalo Wild Wings chief financial officer.  "We are committed to providing support and programs to the communities we serve, creating opportunities to teach life lessons and ignite a passion for sports."

Buffalo Wild Wings is committed to donating $4 million to Boys & Girls Clubs of America by 2016 including funds raised through sauce and seasoning bottle sales and events in their restaurants. Buffalo Wild Wings is promoting a fundraising campaign through October 31 where 100 percent of every paper pinup Guests purchase in-restaurant will support BGCA youth sports programs.  The paper pinups can be purchased for a $1 minimum donation and will be displayed in restaurants.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America believes that all kids deserve a great future. Through the organization's Great Futures Campaign, Clubs and supporters are working to mobilize the country around the critical issues facing America's youth. Boys & Girls Clubs are committed to leading the way, assuring that every young person who enters a Club is on track to graduate from high school on time, and is prepared to succeed in college or a career, while demonstrating good character and living a healthy lifestyle.

Thanks to Buffalo Wild Wings, the ALL STARS program motivates kids to lead a healthy lifestyle through team sports while building good sportsmanship and self-esteem for Club kids.

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About Boys & Girls Clubs of the Chattahoochee Valley

For over 77 years, BGCCV has delivered on its promise to provide at-risk Columbus area youth with the support needed to reach their full potential. BGCCV has a proven approach that is very effective: provide disadvantaged youth with a positive, accessible place to go; surround them with trained and supportive staff; and offer results-oriented programs that are academic, recreational and age-appropriate. Our Club members are youth; male and female ages 6-18. All ethnic backgrounds are served, though 96% of our youth are minorities and 91% qualify for free lunch. 34% percent of our operations are in the 31903 zip code, the most economically depressed area of Columbus. We are open after school and until 7 pm five days a week (8:30 to 6 pm in the summer). Our Clubs have an average daily attendance of 933 youth during the school year and 683 youth during the summer. For more information visit www.bgc-colsga.org

About Buffalo Wild Wings and Team Up for Kids

Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. (NASDAQ: BWLD), founded in 1982 and headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a growing owner, operator and franchisor of Buffalo Wild Wings® restaurants featuring a variety of boldly flavored, made-to-order menu items including its namesake Buffalo, New York-style chicken wings. Guests enjoy a welcoming neighborhood atmosphere that includes an extensive multi-media system for watching their favorite sporting events. There are currently more than 1,030 Buffalo Wild Wings locations in the United States, as well as in Canada and Mexico.

Buffalo Wild Wings' charitable giving initiative – TEAM UP FOR KIDS® – centers on the vision: There is a champion in every child. We are committed to helping build communities where all kids can thrive, compete, and belong to a team. As part of this initiative, Buffalo Wild Wings has teamed up with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) to help thousands of kids play on sports teams each year.  Buffalo Wild Wings is committed to donating and raising at least $4 million for BGCA by 2016.  Guests can join the effort through donations from sauce and seasoning bottle purchases and in-restaurant fundraising events. For more information, visit www.buffalowildwings.com/giving.

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