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Posted on: November 20, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Mayor Brown Celebrates a Successful Seventh Season of 'Game Changers'


Game Changers 2018

Buffalo – Mayor Byron W. Brown today congratulated participants who completed the Seventh Season of ‘Game

Changers’. The free 6 week program that combines basketball training with workshops, including life skills development

and mentoring, began Friday, October 12, 2018 and culminated in a special ceremony on November 16th.

Mayor Brown stated, “I am pleased to stand with this new group of Game Changers, who I hope will take what

they learned and share with their friends. This program is much more than a basketball program. Through Game

Changers, participants are introduced to role models, and given a vision of hope and a reminder that through dedication

and perseverance, anything is possible.”

Mayor Brown was joined by a number of partners, including members of the Buffalo Police Department, including

community police officers and the BPD Neighborhood Engagement Team (BPD NET), Buffalo Peacemakers, the

City of Buffalo Department of Community Services, the North East Basketball Club, Buffalo Police Athletic League

of Buffalo (PAL), Kids Escaping Drugs, MVP, MBK, and Say Yes Buffalo.

Under Mayor Brown’s direction, ‘Game Changers’ started in 2013. Since then, over 1,000 city youth have been provided

with a safe place to play ball and learn other life skills on a series of consecutive Friday nights. The program

is sponsored in part by the City of Buffalo, the Erie County Division of Youth, and many other community partners.

This season of Game Changers was held on six consecutive Friday evenings, from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m., at the Delavan/

Grider Community Center and The Belle Community Center. Each session included a “game changing” message

about Public Service, Character Development, Empowered Youth and Peer to Peer. New this year were two parenting

engagement workshops, hosted by the Most Valuable Parent (MVP). For more information about the Game

Changers program, contact the City of Buffalo Department of Community Services at (716) 851-5887.