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    The Need

    Algonquin Sports for Kids, Inc. (AS for Kids) was founded in 2007 with the launch of Buffalo Soccer Club. Designed to create a safe environment for children in underserved communities, coaching staff brought the game of soccer to young athletes, eliminating the need for transportation. Rejecting the pay to play model, no child was turned away instead parents were asked to volunteer during practices. AS for Kids collaborated with the Independent Health Foundation to bring U.S. Soccer Foundation's Soccer for Success program to our athletes in 2012. With our founding principles in mind, AS for Kids added tennis, creating a program that allowed for all children to participate in a non-team based sport. Starting as an outdoor program, our tennis program has since expanded to multiple Buffalo Public Schools. Since 2007, Algonquin Sports has grown to serve over 2,500 athletes annually with the support of the WNY community.

    The Artist

    Eric Poole, artist

    Eric Poole is an graphic illustrator from Pittsburgh, PA.  He currently lives just outside the Steel City with his wife, two kids, and a dog. He enjoys watching all the fabulous highs (the Penguins), the pretty good highs (the Steelers), and the absurd lows (the Pirates) that Pittsburgh sports have to offer.

    The Sponsor

    West-Herr Auto, sponsor

    The West Herr Auto Group is the largest automotive vehicle retailer in New York. West Herr has 23 dealerships, 4 collision centers, and proudly employs over 2,000 Western New Yorkers.