Buffalo Wild Wings Community Day Raises Record-Breaking Amount for Local Boys & Girls Clubs

Staff Report From Metro Atlanta CEO

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Boys & Girls Clubs of America announced that Buffalo Wild Wings has donated more than $900,000 to their local Boys & Girls Clubs following the restaurants' annual Community Day fundraiser. On April 18, more than 1,020 participating restaurants donated a minimum of 10 percent of sales and collected additional donations from Guests raising the largest donation to date since the fundraiser began in 2014.

The fundraiser is part of Buffalo Wild Wings' Team Up for Kids™ initiative, which is focused on building communities where kids can thrive, compete and belong to a team. The Team Up for Kids™ initiative and partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America supports youth sports through ALL STARS grants for flag and tackle football, basketball, cheer, dance, step, and soccer teams at Boys & Girls Clubs across the country. To date, the partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Buffalo Wild Wings has helped more than 385,000 youth nationwide participate in organized sports leagues.

"We look forward to Community Day each year as a great way for our local restaurants and Guests to get involved in our Team Up for Kids program," said John Bowie, Chief Operating Officer, Buffalo Wild Wings. "We'd like to extend a big 'thank you' to all who participated in making the 2018 event so successful and helping us create opportunities for kids and teens by supporting Boys & Girls Clubs of America and their effective youth programming."

Team sports build life skills that help kids thrive well into adulthood, like self-esteem, resilience and collaboration. Organized sports leagues are expensive to launch and manage, from transportation costs to uniforms and equipment. These hurdles mean many children in underserved communities lack the opportunity to participate in sports leagues and benefit from skills learned through team sports.

"Buffalo Wild Wings and their Guests have played an integral role in providing our youth and teens across the country with access to the important social, emotional and physical development found in team sports" said Boys & Girls Clubs of America President and CEO, Jim Clark. "We are thankful to have partners like Buffalo Wild Wings who are committed to providing every kid with the chance to experience team sports and learn the life lessons and skills that will help them thrive into adulthood."