The Buffalo Sabres today announced the creation of the Captain's Class program, which will reward students and athletes who are making a positive difference in their school and community.
Buffalo's four alternate captains, Ryan O'Reilly, Zach Bogosian, Jack Eichel and Kyle Okposo, will all participate in the initiative, which will begin on Oct. 20 when the Sabres host the Vancouver Canucks.
Students selected to join the Captain's Class will receive four tickets to a Sabres game and passes for the team's Gold Carpet Experience. In addition, each recipient will receive a Sabres puck autographed by one of the club's alternate captains.
"As a group, we felt it was important to recognize kids who were making a positive impact on our community," O'Reilly said. "We hope these children will feel a sense of pride in being recognized for the good work they are doing and continue to be an inspiration for their peers."
The Captain's Class will recognize children who exhibit one or more of the following characteristics: leadership, compassion, respect, volunteerism, character and selflessness. The program is open to children ages 8 to 18.
For more information, or to nominate a child for the Captain's Class program, please click here. Nominations from family members will not be accepted.