(WINDSOR, ON) – When the Express meets Brampton in game 2 of the NBLC Central Conference Finals tonight, the arena will a little bit louder thanks to a contingent from Sandwich. Announced yesterday, 150 kids from the City’s west side will be given an opportunity to watch pro basketball live thanks to donations made by the Windsor Express, the Ambassador Bridge Company (ABC), and the Sandwich Teen Action Group (STAG).
The announcement was made jointly at STAG by Dylan Cullis, the Express’ manager of corporate partnerships and sales, Ward 2 councilor John Elliott, Executive Director of STAG, and Stan Korosec, the ABC’s director of security and governmental relations.
“The Ambassador Bridge Company is going to make game tickets available with bus transportation to the WFCU Centre for game 2 of the Central Division finals,” Cullis announced. “Up to 150 west end youth and families will get to experience Windsor Express playoff basketball who otherwise would not have that opportunity.”
Three buses have been chartered to transport the children, to and from the far east sports complex, as well as 150 tickets, arranged by the ABC. It then fell to STAG to identify the children in need and the logistics behind getting 150 of them onto the buses.
“We’re really excited about this partnership with the Express, with John (Elliott) and with the community here,” Korosec said. “Growing up in Windsor and playing some basketball here, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend games, but there are some youths, for one reason or another, who can’t get to watch some real exciting basketball, so this is our way of giving back to the community.”
As the executive director of STAG, the chance to help west side youth again is what he does and what he looks forward to doing.
“I want to thank the partners, the Windsor Express and the Ambassador Bridge, for stepping up for this community,” explained Elliott. “There’s a community of folk who would love to go out to see an Express game but, unfortunately for some, just getting to the game on that side of town is challenging. Being able to provide the tickets, for 150 kids, to the game, and the transportation, that’s my passion.”
The Express will host the Brampton A’s in game 2 of the conference finals. Windsor dropped a close game 1 on Thursday night, and hope they can tie the series as well as provide a memorable evening for their special guests.