The Buffalo Bandits School Program will run from Dec. 11 to April 30.
As part of the program, Bandits players Mark Steenhuis, Mitch Jones, Craig England and Josh Byrne, as well as the Bandits’ mascot, Rax, will visit Western New York and Southern Ontario schools to deliver informative and interactive presentations for both students and teachers. Over the past three years, the Bandits School Program has been able to reach 300 schools and work with 80,000 students.
The program will provide two options to schools who register. The first option is a one-hour assembly that will include positive messaging for students on topics such as reading, bullying and healthy living, but can be tailored to fit the specific needs of schools or students. The players will also put on interactive lacrosse demonstrations and fun contests to get the students involved. This option is open to grades K-8.
The second option includes having Bandits players teach lacrosse to students in a physical education setting. This option is open to grades K-12. Equipment for the lessons will be provided by the Bandits.
In addition to the presentations, each student will receive a voucher good for one free ticket to a 2017-18 Bandits home game.
Priority will be given to those schools that were unable to take part in the program last year. Only teachers and administrators have the ability to formally register their school for the program.