The University at Buffalo Division of Athletics will donate more
than $30,000 worth of athletic equipment to three local community
centers at an event to be held at 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24, at the Ed
Saunders Center, 2777 Bailey Ave.
The three Community Action Organization community centers that
will receive the equipment are the Edward Saunders Center on Bailey
Avenue, the JFK Community Center on Hickory Street and the Pratt
Community Center on Pratt Street.
The donated fitness equipment includes 10 area circuit machines,
including leg curl, four-way neck, fly, leg press (plate loaded),
hip flexor, arm curl, tricep extension, leg extension, torso
rotation, back extension and 2.5-, 5-, 10-, 25- and 45-pound
The gently-used equipment is being donated because the UB
Division of Athletics recently acquired new equipment. It will be
utilized in the Community Action Organization's community centers
for various programs, including the Sports Plus program for youth
in the neighborhoods surrounding the three community centers.
Sports Plus teaches youth not only how to play sports, but good
"We are very happy to support the health and wellness activities
of people in Western New York by contributing to these local
community centers," said Warde Manuel, UB director of athletics.
"With the addition of brand new equipment in our Alumni Arena
fitness center, we had a unique opportunity to provide functional
fitness equipment to those who could make use of it. I'd like to
thank Marcus Hutchins, our director of recreation and intramurals,
for taking the lead on this project."
Media arrangements: Jessica Wangelin in the Office of Community
Relations, at 829-6145, and Linwood Roberts, neighborhood outreach
coordinator, Office of Community Relations, onsite.
The University at Buffalo continues to strengthen and sustain
its impact as a public institution serving diverse communities
locally and abroad by building stronger community partnerships that
enrich and enhance UB's teaching and research mission. Through
programming and these partnerships, the Office of Community
Relations works to cultivate a culture of community awareness and
engagement in our students, faculty, and staff, and to be a good
neighbor to the communities adjacent to and beyond UB's