A Golden Griffin emblem presides over Canisius College Athletics’ 17 sports teams, which traverse grass, water, and hard court in search of victory. As part of the NCAA Division I’s Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), Canisius’s athletes face off against other East Coast schools including Marist College, Niagara University, and Loyola University Maryland. From the stands, a sea of blue and gold cheers on the men’s basketball, hockey, and lacrosse teams, the women’s soccer, softball, and volleyball teams, and the adjunct professors’ annual soapbox derby.
In 1919, Henry H. Elbers hung up his hat as director of the Buffalo Botanical Gardens to start a new adventure: founding Elbers Landscape Service Nearly a century later, his enterprise still mows lawns and equips gardeners with trowels to comb their hair. The company’s landscaping experts spend their summers enlivening yards with new shrubs and trees, installing burbling fountains, and paving walkways. Their garden center outfits green-thumbed clients with supplies such as mulch, topsoil, and perennials and annuals. During icy winters, the professionals exchange their mowers for plows to evict squatting snowmen from driveways, sprinkle salt over sidewalks, and chip ice from stoops.
Healthy Buffalo has one primary objective: transform Buffalo's citizens into models of health and well-being. But instead of urging everyone in the community to spend their lunch break bench-pressing a coworker, the organization has ironed out a handful of initiatives to make its goal a reality. For instance, it organizes amateur sports leagues?including dodge ball and basketball?complete with stats, jerseys, and trophies to encourage healthy competition. And it hosts youth basketball clinics for boys and girls.
Away from the fields of play, however, Healthy Buffalo stays connected to the community by maintaining a website packed with free nutritional guidance, exercise tips, and mental health information. It also works with employers to create health and wellness programs for employees to help combat rising health costs.