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Higgins Announces Federal Grant for Buffalo Sabres Warriors Hockey

Sep 12, 2016
Press Release
Adaptive Sport Grant Supports Traditional & Sled Hockey Program for Local Veterans

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced a $15,000 federal grant for Buffalo Sabres Warriors Hockey, a Western New York initiative providing opportunities for on-ice traditional and sled hockey programs for local veterans. 

The funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Adaptive Sports Programs for Disabled Veterans and Members of the Armed Forces initiative.   The Buffalo Sabres Warriors Hockey Program was one of 90 initiatives nationwide, representing a wide variety of athletic opportunities, receiving a total of $7.8 million. 

“The Buffalo Sabres Warrior program supports athletics as an outlet for mental and physical rehabilitation in a friendly and competitive environment that encourages camaraderie,” said Congressman Higgins.  “I commend the Buffalo VA and Sabres for their continued collaboration and commitment to serve our active-duty military and veterans.”  

Said Brian Stiller, VA Western New York Healthcare System Director, “This is another example of the many great public-private partnership collaborations we have going here in Western New York that enrich our Veterans’ lives. We sincerely thank Congressman Higgins, the Sabres Foundation, and our own VA Recreation Therapy staff for their support and great efforts in making the adaptive hockey program happen.”

“We are proud of the work that the Buffalo Warriors do for our veterans in the Western New York region.  Federal funds help to make our programs possible, and we appreciate the efforts by our congressional delegation, including Congressman Higgins, to ensure that these funds continue to be available for our adapted sports athletes,” said Rich Jureller, President of the Buffalo Sabres Foundation.

Higgins, who grew up playing hockey at Cazenovia Rink in South Buffalo, serves as Co-Chair of the Congressional Hockey Caucus and has been known to tie on some skates for charity events including a game earlier this year with the USA Warriors Ice Hockey Team.