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January 3, 2024  

Albany, NY – The Albany FireWolves of the National Lacrosse League (NLL) today announced DICK’S House of Sport – Latham, NY as the presenting sponsor of the AFW School Program for the 2023-24 and 2024-25 NLL seasons. This partnership will include FireWolves player appearances in store, in-game features, as well as DICK’S House of Sport – Latham, NY’s support at player school visits. 

“We are excited and proud to call DICK’S House of Sport – Latham, NY a partner,” said Phil Bardsley, Director of Corporate Partnerships for the Albany FireWolves. “DICK’S House of Sport – Latham, NY and the Albany FireWolves have a shared mission of putting the Capital Region community first. The future of this partnership is bright.” 

The Albany FireWolves are currently in their third NLL season playing in the Capital Region and have made it a priority to increase their outreach to local schools. The AFW School Program presented by DICK’s House of Sport averages 10-15 school visits a month and reaches 300-500 students. During the visits, FireWolves players teach students about the basics of lacrosse and about the team. The program visited 50 schools during the 2022-23 season and will reach even more during the 2023-24 season including 12 new schools. The AFW School Program presented by DICK’s House of Sport’s mission is to have players become an integral part of the community and create excitement around the FireWolves.  

“DICK’S House of Sport is very excited to be a part of the growing community surrounding the Albany FireWolves,” said Jared DeGroff, Marketing Manager at DICK’S House of Sport – Latham, NY. “As we learned about the AFW’s involvement and dedication to their community it was an absolute no-brainer that we can work together to help spread awareness about the importance of youth sports in our area.”   

To learn more about how to get your school involved with the AFW School Program contact: cassie@albanyfirewolves.com or visit: https://albanyfirewolves.com/community/albany-firewolves-school-programs/ 

For more information regarding tickets, visit www.albanyfirewolves.com or call/text the FireWolves front office at 518-362-4900.  

About Albany FireWolves  

The Albany FireWolves is the Capital Region’s very own Professional Box Lacrosse team, playing in the National Lacrosse League out of the MVP Arena in downtown Albany, NY. For more information, contact the Albany FireWolves Front Office at (518) 362-4900 or visit AlbanyFireWolves.com. Follow the team on Facebook at facebook.com/AlbFireWolves, Twitter @AlbFireWolves, and Instagram @AlbFireWolves. 

About the National Lacrosse League 

The National Lacrosse League (NLL) is North America’s premier professional lacrosse league. Founded in 1986, the NLL ranks third in average attendance for pro indoor sports worldwide, behind only the NHL and NBA. The League is comprised of 15 franchises across the United States and Canada: Albany FireWolves, Buffalo Bandits, Calgary Roughnecks, Colorado Mammoth, Georgia Swarm, Halifax Thunderbirds, Las Vegas Desert Dogs, New York Riptide, Panther City Lacrosse Club (TX), Philadelphia Wings, Rochester Knighthawks, San Diego Seals, Saskatchewan Rush, Toronto Rock, and Vancouver Warriors. For more information, visit NLL.com and find @NLL on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 

About MVP Arena  

MVP Arena is a full-service entertainment and sports facility featuring a wide variety of family shows, sporting events, trade shows and concerts. Owned by Albany County and managed by ASM Global, MVP Arena opened in 1990 and is home to the Albany FireWolves of the National Lacrosse League, the Albany Empire of the National Arena League and the Division I Men’s College Basketball Siena Saints. For more information, please visit https://www.mvparena.com/ 

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