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Buffalo 716ers Looking For Ball Boys and Ball Girls


Thanks for reaching out to us! We are looking for 10 ball kids that will assist us during our Buffalo 716ers Professional home games for the 2015-2016 Buffalo 716ers Professional Basketball Season. This is for boys and girls ages 9 to 15 (ask for special consideration if outside age range). On gamedays, kids will participate with on court activities such as games, player warmups, assisting on benches during games. Cost for this is $100, which includes the following:

- Ball Kid T Shirt 
-Pizza Party at the end of the season
- 2 Season Tickets 
- Access into any Buffalo 716ers event
- Cool Autographed Memorabilia throughout the season
- Assist home & visiting teams w/ access to locker rooms during appropriate times

We would love to have your kid(s) as a part of this amazing season! If you would like to sign your kid(s) up today, please send us an email back, and we can send over an invoice via our business PayPal where you can pay securely with a card to secure your spot! We are ONLY taking the first 10 kids to register! We look forward to hearing back from you! Email us at if your interested.


NBA Sanctioned Summer Pro League Tryouts Hosted by the Buffalo 716ers.

BUFFALO, NY (May14, 2015) — The Buffalo 716ers are returning to Los Angeles this summer to participate in the NBA sanctioned Los Angeles Summer Pro League (SPL). The team will be holding open tryouts starting on Saturday, May 16th at The Park School of Buffalo, 4625 Harlem Rd., Buffalo, NY, 14226.  

There will be three total tryout sessions, two sessions on Saturday, one on Sunday. Interested players are only required to attend one session.  The sessions have been designed to give each participant the maximum opportunity to showcase their talent.

The registration fee is $100 in advance, or $150 at the door.  An important note: college athletes with eligibility remaining are ineligible to participate in the tryouts.  Advance registration can be completed at

This is the second time the 716ers will participate in the Los Angeles Summer Pro League.  Head coach and team owner fielded a team in the summer of 2013. Slaughter received the SPL “Coach of the Year” award in 2013.

“This tournament can really open doors for the players. Last time we were out there two of our players received private invitations to work out with NBA D-League teams. Not to mention the coaches, agents, and scouts that attend.  This is a huge opportunity,” said Slaughter.

Amir Billups (SUNY Fredonia) averaged 22.8 points per game over five games. This was enough to get the attention of the D League Bakersfield Jam and Mexico’s LNBP league.  Billups missed the team’s first game due to a flight delay.  In Billups first game in the tournament he scored 35 points, including 8 three-point shots.  Billups earned the SPL “Best 1-2-3 Backcourt” award.  Billups signed a contract and played with the LNBP before returning to Buffalo to play two seasons with the 716ers.  Billups was entertaining offers to play in Europe at the time of his passing in February 2015.  Billups lost his life in a multi-car pile up during a snowstorm in Morrow County, OH.

Ajay Rutledge (Daemen College) also secured a private workout with the Bakersfield Jam as a result of this tournament.  Rutledge joined Billups for the 716ers inaugural  2013 – 2014 season.  Rutledge spent the 2014 – 2015 season playing for the AMK Bravehearts of the Singapore Basketball League (SBL).  The Bravehearts made it to the championship game, but fell 89 – 81 to the Singapore Falcons.

The final roster spots for the 2015 tournament will be announced no later than June first.

Buffalo 716ers & 716ers Elite Launching Social Media Campaign

BUFFALO, NY (May 3, 2015) — The Buffalo 716ers, of the American Basketball Association (ABA), and the 716ers Elite, an Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) program, have jointly launched a social media campaign to attract Maya Moore, a top-level WNBA player, to Buffalo to host a youth clinic before her season begins in June.

Moore recently published an article on The Players Tribune showcasing the passion she has for women’s basketball, and the passion she has to help continue to grow the women’s game starting at the youth levels.

“When I saw that article I knew that I wanted to reach out to her,” said 716ers owner and 716ers Elite president Tawan Slaughter.  “She is the type of positive role model that I would like to give young females in Buffalo the opportunity to meet.  Growing up my passion was always basketball.  I looked up to players like Sheryl Swoops and Lisa Leslie.  I can relate to Maya’s story, because I would always be working on my game growing up.  I have already sent her an e-mail inviting her to Buffalo.  I hope this campaign shows Maya the support that young girls, their families, and all of our fans, have for not only her but the entire game of basketball.” 

The 716ers ask that you tweet to both @MooreMaya and @Buffalo716ers when showing your support and asking her to come to Buffalo to host a clinic.

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