MINNEAPOLIS - October 3, 2016 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Buffalo Wild Wings® today announced the kickoff of their annual Team Up for Kids fundraiser with the goal of supporting youth sports programs at Boys & Girls Clubs across the country. All Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants will participate in the promotion from October 1 - 31. Donations will go towards ALL STARS grants to help fund sports teams and facility improvement projects in local Clubs, as part of the company's Team Up for Kids® mission.
Paper pinups can be purchased for a minimum donation of $1 and will be posted throughout restaurants. Guests can also donate at www.BuffaloWildWings.com/Giving.
This year, Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants will also offer a limited edition wristband during the month of October for a minimum $5 donation. The donations help change the game for many kids and teens, giving them the opportunity to play team sports at their local Club and learn skills that help them succeed both on and off the field. In addition, the donations help train coaches and provide uniforms and equipment to young athletes as part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) ALL STARS program.
Now in its fourth year, Buffalo Wild Wings has donated and raised over $6.7 million through its Team Up for Kids mission for its partnership with BGCA to support youth sports through ALL STARS grants for hundreds of flag or tackle football, basketball, cheer, and dance teams at Boys & Girls Clubs across the country. More than 74,000 kids and teens will participate this year. Buffalo Wild Wings also provides Team Up for Kids™ grants of $26,000 to support special Club projects, such as sports field and other facility renovations.
"We're very pleased that together with our Guests and Franchisees we've donated and raised over $6.7 million, and helped more than 100,000 kids experience the joy of playing team sports through our partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America," said Emily Decker, senior vice-president and general counsel of Buffalo Wild Wings. "We're excited to partner with our Guests for another great Team Up for Kids fundraiser that helps us get one step closer to our goal of bringing year-round team sports opportunities to 450,000 kids and teens by 2020."
In 2016, Buffalo Wild Wings' partnership is enabling more than 74,000 kids and teens to participate on teams. The company also awarded Team Up for Kids grants to 20 Clubs across the country to improve their sports facilities. In total, Buffalo Wild Wings has committed to donating an additional $10 million to Boys & Girls Clubs of America through 2020.
"We're delighted by the number of kids and teens who have been able to become part of a team as part of our ongoing partnership with Buffalo Wild Wings," said Jennifer Bateman, national vice president of Program, Training and Youth Development with BGCA. "By supporting our sports programs and facility improvements, the ALL STARS and Team Up for Kids grants are helping kids build self-confidence and life-enhancing skills that will help them succeed on and off the field."
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,100 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at http://www.bgca.org/facebook and http://bgca.org/twitter.
Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., founded in 1982 and headquartered in Minneapolis, 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. The Buffalo Wild Wings menu specializes in 21 mouth-watering signature sauces and seasonings with flavor sensations ranging from Sweet BBQ™ to Blazin'®. Guests enjoy a welcoming neighborhood atmosphere that includes an extensive multi-media system for watching their favorite sporting events. Buffalo Wild Wings is the recipient of hundreds of "Best Wings" and "Best Sports Bar" awards from across the country. There are currently more than 1,200 Buffalo Wild Wings locations across the world.
Buffalo Wild Wings' charitable giving mission - 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 mission, 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 $16 million for BGCA by 2020. 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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