ROCHESTER, NY (WROC-TV) - The Rochester Knighthawks will host Military Night this Saturday, March 25 when they host the Buffalo Bandits at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester.
Nate Snyder, Knighthawks Executive Vice President of Business Operations, Brad Gillies, Knighthawks defenseman, and Todd Baxter, Executive Director of the Veterans Outreach Center discussed the event Monday on News 8 at Noon.
"We're really excited to again be partnering with the VOC to really honor our military," Snyder said. "We're doing our jersey auction again. We're excited that the Buffalo Bandits are going to be a part of that this year. Also we're doing our ten year anniversary of our 2007 Championship team, so we're doing jerseys for them as well. We've really expanded that for this year, because it's been just our team in previous years."
The Knighthawks and Bandits Thruway rivalry will experience a new chapter, as both teams will wear special military themed jerseys during the game which will be auctioned off to benefit the Veterans Outreach Center efforts in both Rochester and Buffalo. "It's going to be really exciting," said Gillies. "Obviously, any time you get to put on some cool jerseys it's a big thing, but to honor the military is a very special thing. To do it against Buffalo is going to make it a very special night."
Baxter added, "Doing outreach across the entire Western New York at one time is a great opportunity for us. With the rivalry with the Bandits, that's kind of what the military does with the different branches of the military, but they're all in the same fight in the end. It's a great way for folks to come out and respect the military and what these guys and gals have given so much in the last decade and a half."
The jersey auction is already underway online. You can place your bid anytime up until 9:00 p.m. on March 25 at www.biddingowl.ocm/rochesterknighthawks.
Proceeds from the jersey auction enable the VOC to assist veterans in a number of ways throughout the year. "For instance, today we got a shelter with about twenty eight veterans living in it," noted Baxter. "We're not turning on the lights or putting any food on the tables unless we've got beautiful partners like the Knighthawks who are willing to go out and do a little extra for the service people that provided our freedom for us."
For tickets and more information, visit the Knighthawks website, click here.
To learn more about the important work being done by the Veterans Outreach Center, click here.
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