The Buffalo Bandits today announced the renewal of the Buffalo Bandits School Program, which will return this December.
As part of the program, Bandits players Mark Steenhuis, Dhane Smith, Ryan Benesch, David Brock, Mitch Jones, Adam Will, Anthony Malcom, Craig England and Brad Self, as well as the Bandits’ mascot, Rax, will visit Western New York and Southern Ontario schools to deliver informative and interactive presentations for both students and teachers.
The program will provide two options to schools who register. The first option is a one-hour assembly that will include positive messaging for students on topics such as reading, bullying and healthy living, but can be tailored to fit the specific needs of schools or students. The players will also put on interactive lacrosse demonstrations and fun contests to get the students involved. This option is open to grades K-8.
The second option includes having Bandits players teach lacrosse to students in a physical education setting. This option is open to grades K-12. Equipment for the lessons will be provided by the Bandits.
”After two years, to say this program has been a huge success would be an understatement,” Bandits director of lacrosse operations Scott Loffler said. “The first year, we visited 80 schools and last year we went to over 120. That’s roughly 50,000 students in total that we were able to spread positive messaging to and hopefully we made an impact. I know I can speak for our players when I say they are excited to be offering this program for a third straight year.”
In addition to the presentations, the Bandits players will be giving out prizes, which will include autographs, merchandise and tickets to a 2017 Bandits home game.
Priority will be given to those schools that were unable to take part in the program last year. Only teachers and administrators have the ability to formally register their school for the program.