Ballin' for a Cause Set to Host it's 10th Annual Event

at Buffalo Riverworks

Ballin for a Cause (BFAC), a youth-serving nonprofit organization in Western New York, is set to host its 10th Annual Balllin For a Cause national basketball tournament and World Games, May 19-21, at Buffalo Riverworks. During it's live press conference back in March, Mayor Byron Brown presented the organization with a proclamation declaring the annual event the official "Ballin for a Cause Weekend."  

BFAC also announced that it will partner with Medaille College on its "Big 4" Initiative, making Medaille an exclusive collegiate partner for 2017, presenting three qualifying high school students with $7,500 in scholarship funds toward the 2017/2018 academic school year.

“We are proud of our history with giving back and working with our local community and truly excited about new programs that will launch in 2017,” said Lindsey Taylor, founder and CEO, Ballin for a Cause. “Medaille College will be a great partner to have and adds much value to our programs and impact on young people’s lives.”

The 10th Annual Ballin For a Cause weekend will host 800+ players from all over the World and entertain thousands of spectators throughout the weekend featuring Men's ,Women's, Youth and World Games division. The games are scheduled to tip off Friday 19th from 6pm-10pm , Saturday 20th 8am-6pmand conclude with Championship day Sunday 21st 8am-6pm. 

Confirmed World Games participating teams: United States, Canada, Puerto Rico , Dominican Republic , Philippines , Cambodia , Tonga , Liberia , Somalia,  First Nations , Jamaica and Haiti. 

Confirmed National Championship participating teams: Toronto , Boston , Seattle, Ann Arbor , Cleveland , Columbus , New York City , Pittsburgh , Erie Syracuse , Rochester , Buffalo and more. The weekend will also include the BFAC x G Cope Fitness 3k Race on Saturday May 20th at 8:00pm and BFAC Big 4 Achievement Awardsat 6:00pm which honors the Gentlemen Institute graduates, Scholarship recipients, Community members featuring guest speaker Basketball Legend Pee Wee Kirkland.

2017 Season: Ed Parson Sunday Morning Softball League Recruiting

By Renata Toney 

        Renata Toney

        Renata Toney

The Ed Parson, Sr. Sunday Morning Memorial Softball League is now recruiting teams for its 58th season that kicks off Sunday, May 22, 11 a.m. at the field named in his honor on Fillmore Avenue between East Delavan and Kensington Avenues. 

“Our league has always had a philosophy of inclusion; we welcome players of all athletic abilities, genders and experience levels,” said newly appointed Commissioner Demetrius Richards. “We would love to see more bar owners, healthcare workers, Buffalo firefighters and police officers, corrections officers, City of Buffalo and Erie County staff. Everyone is welcome.” 

Teams are required to have between 12 – 20 members and the cost is $500 per team. This is a 10-team league and already nearly eight teams have confirmed their intent to play. If you don’t have enough people to make a team you can add your name to the “individuals” list.  The only equipment required is bats. The league provides softballs and most teams have enough bats to share. Most teams get sponsors to buy shirts as well. All games have umpires which is $20 per team per game.

The City Of Buffalo recently doubled the price for people to play in softball leagues at the city parks. “We’re looking for sponsors to help offset operation fees and to present the annual end of season picnic,“ said deputy commissioner Sonya Fields. “We also welcome donations to help sustain the legacy of the league.”

Deadline for team registration is Sunday, May 7. If you’re interested in coming aboard as a team, sponsor or supporting us with a donation, please contact us at (716) 308-1899 or edparsonsoftball@yahoo.com or drich342@yahoo.com.    

What else could Buffalo Bills do but to restructure

Tyrod Taylor’s contract?

by George Radney 

There was no viable quarterbacks better than Tyrod in free agency. He should have been allowed to play the last game of the season. That move was one of the most ignorant decisions ever by a Buffalo Bills front office.  Hopefully the powers thatbe will apologize to Tyrod for making him the team and entire organization look bad. It sounds like new Bills Head Coach Sean McDermott and offensive coordinator Rick Dennison are looking to a moving pocket scheme which could free up Tyrod and allow him to see down the field much better than a traditional pocket passer. This would be similar to what Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers uses on most of his spectacular downfield passing plays. It’s another form of the roll out passer having the option to run or pass. 

The five players signed by Bills in free agency can help at depth positions, but wide receivers like Terrelle Pryor and Torrey Smith especially should have been brought in to Buffalo. I think Torrey Smith would have been worth the money since he played with Tyrod Taylor in Baltimore and could have been the experienced fast big body receiver the Bills desperately need. TheBills are once again signing 3rd tier players coming off injuries and can be good role models in the locker room. Mike Tolbert can be a leader for a team in desperate need of professionalism and good work ethics. The resigning of Lorenzo Alexander was one of Bills best free agent signing so far in this new 2017 NFL season. I spoke briefly with Alexander and he said, “I’m 34, I will be 34 next year, if I finish this deal I will have played 14 years in the NFL and hopefully win a championship.  Nobody saw me getting 12.5 sacks last year; if I can be productive like that for the next two years it will be a blessing and for fulfill my playing career. Plus, my kids are getting older and I really don’t have anything else to prove so I definitely see myself walking off into the sunset and transitioning into life after football after I’m done.” 

I look forward to seeing Lorenzo Alexander play because he gives 100% all the time and will be a good strong leader for the younger players on the team. The linebacker unit of Preston Brown in the middle, Lorenzo Alexander on the strong side, and Reggie Ragland on the weak side could be one of theBills strongest units in 2017. The Bills also picked up veteran wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown from the Carolina Panthers, who is known for dropped passes, but if he can hold onto the ball could be a good outlet receiver for Tyrod Taylor.

TheBills are once again being cheap by bringing back right tackle Jordan Mills, who has problems against speedy edge rushes coming off the end of the line. Hopefully with two fullbacks being signed they can help him with those edge rushers.