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NFL’s Troy Vincent Brings Message Of Leadership, Accountability To Niagara University

NFL’s Troy Vincent Brings Message Of Leadership, Accountability To Niagara University

Early on in his presentation Tuesday night at Niagara University, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent asked attendees to put their phones away. His intention was to create a safe space for dialogue to take place on a topic that he’s dedicated much of his adult life advocating for: ending domestic violence.

Truth be told, the physical punishment that Vincent endured during a standout 15-year NFL playing career is miniscule when compared to the emotional toll he has experienced off the field.

Vincent, during his 90-minute presentation, recounted how, at age 8, he would hide in a closet with his younger brother while his mother was being beaten by a boyfriend. His memories of those instances of domestic violence remain crystal clear, as did his message for the more than 220 students and community members packed into the Clet Hall Dining Commons: There is no such thing as an innocent bystander.

Six Athletes Now Scheduled to Appear at Sports Card & Memorabilia Expo

Six Athletes Now Scheduled to Appear at Sports Card & Memorabilia Expo

Western New York’s next Sports Card & Memorabilia Expo, the area’s largest biannual sports card and memorabilia show featuring over 100 tables of merchandise, will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at the Grapevine Banquet Hall, 333 Dick Road, Depew. The event will now feature appearances by six former professional athletes!

Former Buffalo Braves forward John Shumate and MLB great Denny McLain are the latest to be added to the lineup. Shumate will sign autographs from 11 a.m to noon at a cost of $15 per item, while McLain will host a memorabilia table at the event.

Metzelaars, McKeller and Bentley added to Sports Card & Memorabilia Expo

Metzelaars, McKeller and Bentley added to Sports Card & Memorabilia Expo

Western New York’s next Sports Card & Memorabilia Expo, the area’s largest biannual sports card and memorabilia show featuring over 100 tables of merchandise, will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at the Grapevine Banquet Hall, 333 Dick Road, Depew.

Former Buffalo Sabres great Rob Ray will be on hand to sign autographs at the event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $15 per autograph on any item. Additional guests just added to the lineup include former Buffalo Bills Pete Metzelaars, Keith McKeller and Ray Bentley. Metzelaars and McKeller will sign autographs from noon until 2 p.m. at a cost of $15 per item, while Bentley will sign for free with a purchase at his table throughout the show.

Sports Card & Memorabilia Expo to Feature Appearance by Rob Ray

Sports Card & Memorabilia Expo to Feature Appearance by Rob Ray

Western New York’s next Sports Card & Memorabilia Expo, the area’s largest biannual sports card and memorabilia show featuring over 100 tables of merchandise, will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at the Grapevine Banquet Hall, 333 Dick Road, Depew.

Former Buffalo Sabres great Rob Ray will be on hand to sign autographs at the event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $15 per autograph on any item. 

This show will feature local and out-of-state dealers showcasing vintage as well as newer sports cards and memorabilia, including items from Memorial Auditorium, publications, programs, pennants, autographs, photos, videos, souvenirs and much more. J.M. Bobbing Head Restorations, specializing in paper mache dolls, will also take part in the event; bring in any paper mache dolls needing repair for evaluation.

Sports Collectors Expo to Visit Batavia Downs This Weekend

Sports Collectors Expo to Visit Batavia Downs This Weekend

A huge lineup of professional athletes — including several Hall of Famers and members of the Buffalo Bills, Braves and Sabres — are scheduled to appear at the Sports Collectors Expo Feb. 18 and 19 in Batavia. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Batavia Downs Gaming Center, 8315 Park Road, Batavia.

Scheduled to appear on Saturday, Feb. 18, are:
• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Denny McLain, Ray Bentley
• 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.: Don Luce, Craig Ramsay
• 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Gerry Meehan, Phil Myre, Don Edwards
• 11:15 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Clint Malarchuk
• 12 to 1 p.m.: Adrian Dantley, Gar Heard, Dave Schultz, Bob Weiss, Bob Sauve
• 1 to 2 p.m.: Lawrence Taylor, James Harris, Herman Boone
• 2 to 3 p.m.: Vinny Pazienza, Clark Gilles, Grant Ledyard, Kevin Mitchell

Daemen Athletic Training Program Granted Continued Accreditation

Daemen Athletic Training Program Granted Continued Accreditation

Daemen College’s Professional Master’s Athletic Training Program, one of only two accredited programs in New York State, has received continuing accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The 10-year accreditation is the maximum term available to institutions.

Established in 2008, Daemen’s athletic training program previously received an initial five-year accreditation, which is also the maximum granted for a first-time accredited program.

“Receiving this national accreditation is a testament to our program’s level of excellence and our commitment to the high standards that CAATE represents,” said Dr. Michael Brogan, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. “Our committed faculty provide students an exceptional education and advanced professional preparation that is essential to pursuing a career in the athletic training field.”

Batavia Downs to Host Sports Collectors Expo in February

Batavia Downs to Host Sports Collectors Expo in February

A huge lineup of professional athletes — including several Hall of Famers and members of the Buffalo Bills, Braves and Sabres — are scheduled to appear at the Sports Collectors Expo Feb. 18 and 19 in Batavia. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Batavia Downs Gaming Center, 8315 Park Road, Batavia.