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ESG gets a big boost from First Niagara

Check out Denise Jewell Gee's Live report on the Empire State Games getting financial support from First Niagara.

The $500,000 donation is a great boost for the fund-raising for the Games, which will be held in Buffalo from July 21-25. 

With the state having botched the Games last year by gutting the funding, and with Albany not exactly having its act together this year, the Games need fund-raising efforts like this to survive. The Games are an outstanding event for both athletes and host areas, so it's a worthy investment.

While local companies are needed to offer support, it's also integral to the Games that it get local support in terms of volunteers. If you are involved in a sport in Western New York -- no matter what level -- your team, league or organization should make some sort of contribution to the Games. Each sport site needs volunteers while the opening ceremonies also need support. The Empire Games are a great community event, and it is most successful when the host community gets involved.  

---Keith McShea


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Keith McShea

Keith McShea

Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

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