Why Youth Access to Sports
Studies show that team sports have a tremendous impact on youth and their social, emotional and physical development into adolescence and adulthood.
Playing on a sports team teaches kids the skills to succeed on the field and compete in life. However, organized sports teams are expensive to launch and manage. Expenses like uniforms, equipment and transportation often mean that many children in underserved communities lack the opportunity to participate in sports leagues and benefit from skills learned through team sports.
Playing on a team hits close to home as it reflects our brand values – sportsmanship, community, hustle and fun. Our sports bars are a place where friends and fans alike can come together to create legendary experiences. And for many kids, legendary experiences both on and off the playing field act as a foundation for important life skills. Through our support of youth access to sports, we’re helping kids realize the value of being a team player and fostering strong community connections.
We are determined to close the access gap and provide more kids the opportunity to experience what it is like to be a part of a team. Our funds provide local communities the resources they need to invest in facility upgrades, uniforms, equipment, transportation and coach training. The funds we raise go directly back into local communities, providing capital improvements to sports facilities, uniforms, equipment, transportation, staff, coach training and certification and more.
In 2013 we partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to create ALL STARS sports leagues that are designed to expose kids to the benefits of participating in team sports and belonging to a team. Through the partnership, many Clubs receive coaching and training resources, uniforms, and grants to fund sports leagues and off-set costs associated with transportation and infrastructure.
Team Up for Kids is the Buffalo Wild Wings Foundation annual sports bar fundraiser. All funds raised in our sports bars help provide access to sports teams and programs through partner organizations like Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Buffalo Wild Wings Foundation is a proud supporter of Boys & Girls Clubs of America
We recognize that needs can vary greatly from one community to another. That’s why we’ve created a program that allows each of our sports bars to help raise funds for organizations in their local community. With our Eat Wings, Raise Funds program, when you dine, we donate. Through this program, Buffalo Wild Wings® sports bars have donated more than $1 million to local organizations that assist youth and families in need, military families and disaster relief efforts.
Buffalo Wild Wings believes that teamwork builds the foundation for a successful community and our goal is to help make your community the best place to live, work, play and dine. Home Team Advantage is a way for your team to earn funds to benefit your program, all season long! Let’s keep our community working and playing together.