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Sahlen and "Do Your Best, Never Quit" making an impact

February 3, 2008 - American Basketball Association (ABA) - Buffalo Silverbacks News Release

"Do Your Best, Never Quit", official community outreach initiative of the Buffalo Silverbacks, recently received a letter from Linda Hansen, Director of Youth & Family Services at the T.J. Dulski Community Center. She wrote:

As you know from meeting with the Dulski youth and staff that we were unable to retain our teen population due to inadequate equipment and poor building conditions. You took those facts and put "Do Your Best, Never Quit" into action. As a result of your efforts over seventy-five volunteers from Home Depot and AmeriCorps along with other friends and neighbors, signed up for the MLK Day of Service and rolled up their sleeves to do "their best" and help the T.J. Dulski Centers' recreation room transform from a dilapidated room into a fresh, safe and inviting space for our youth to enjoy.

For the kids the best part was you listening to them and allowing them to take the lead and be an active part in all aspects of the room's transformation. They now realize ownership of the room and will value this experience and opportunity.

Our teens also learned a valuable lesson about people pulling their resources together and accomplishing great things. The recreation room and Envirolab makeover was evidence for them to choose productive activities over possible destructive activities.

Many parents and guardians depend on the Dulski Center's programs and staff to help with tutoring, productive and educational activities and a safe haven for their children. Our neighbors also appreciate a place for the kids to hang out instead of doorways and street corners.

This experience was amazing in so many ways. I was proud to honor Dr. Martin Luther King that day and watch a dream come true. Thank you Modie and "Do Your Best, Never Quit".

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