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Healthy Buffalo: Basketball as a Lifestyle

Healthy-Buffalo-NYIt wasn’t that long ago that a (now) friend of mine moved to Buffalo who has a penchant for playing basketball. Right off the bat he asked me about the local leagues and where he could play pick-up games. I asked around to some of my friends, who gave me some feedback, but at the same time I got the general feeling that maybe the pick-up basketball scene was a bit lacking compared to where he had come from in Ohio. 

Fortunately there is a basketball organization that is leading the way when it comes to fostering a healthy competitive and recreational basketball scene in Buffalo. Since 2010, The Buffalo Sports and Wellness Association aka Healthy Buffalo has been organizing a range of leagues, activities, tournaments and playing opportunities for a variety of age groups.

The organization, founded by Chas Kirsch, is currently offering both guys and girls competitive leagues, for those who are looking to get into the real swing of things. It’s a bit of Semi-Pro, with a Championship League, All-Star games, youth clinics, streetball tournaments (three on three), training, B-League, C-League, traveling teams… all revolving around the idea that the sport can help players live a healthy lifestyle based on the premise of “Train Hard. Play Hard. Eat Right. Think Right.”

For further information on the fall leagues, or to learn more about Healthy Buffalo’s initiatives, click here


Healthy Buffalo also offers other competitive and non-competitive activities, including co-ed dodgeball.  

Photos: Healthy Buffalo


Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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