We are very excited to be partnering with the Buffalo-based retailer 26 Shirts as their first ever presenting sponsor!
26 Shirts began in 2013 as an initiative of “Bills Mafia” co-founder Del Reid, and Dan Gigante, founder of the buy-one-give-one t-shirt company "You and Who," to use the power of sports fandom as a force for good in the communities they serve.
$8 from each shirt sold during 26 Shirts’ 14-day fundraising campaigns is donated to a local organization or family in need.
Since its inception, 26shirts.com has raised almost $100,000 for needy foundations and families. They’ve had the opportunity to work with different professional athletes, media and celebrities associated with the Western New York area for the sole purpose of channeling fandom and passion for local teams into good for the community, proving that professional sports don't always have to support the “me first” culture it is sometimes portrayed to have.
Valu Home Centers is sponsoring 26 Shirts' current design, which honors Buffalo Bandits legend John Tavares, who is seen modeling the tee in the above photo. At 46 years old, Tavares boasts 300 games played (#1 all-time), over 800 goals scored (#1 all-time), over 900 assists (#1 all-time), over 2,100 loose balls (#2 all-time), and 4 championships. He is a living testament to hard work and perseverance.
"Ageless Wonder" is also the first tee from 26 Shirts with TWO separate beneficiaries. For each shirt sold, $4 will be donated to each:
- Braver Than Brave in memory of Tucker Williams, son of Shawn Williams, who recently lost his battle with Burkitt's Lymphoma.
- Mental Health Association of Erie County, Inc., which promotes mental health and wellness in the local community and supports individuals and families who are challenged by mental illness. Mental health is a cause close to John Tavares' heart.
As a family-owned business with deep roots in the communities that we serve, we feel it is our responsibility to give back to the people of the cities and towns where our stores are located. We are so grateful for this opportunity to support these extremely deserving organizations.
26 Shirts Co-owner Del Reid says "Having a pillar in the Western New York business community, like Valu Home Centers, supporting 26shirts.com should prove to be an effective partnership that will allow both sides to support the others endeavors while doing some serious good in the process."
This tee is available only through March 15th 2015, and then it's gone forever!
Available in Unisex, Ladies, or Youth sizes, this tee is a great fit for the whole family! Visit the 26 Shirts website to order yours today.