The Buffalo Sabres announced the creation of the "Captain's Class" program, which will reward students and athletes who are making a positive difference in their school and community.
Buffalo's four alternate captains, Ryan O'Reilly, Zach Bogosian, Jack Eichel and Kyle Okposo, will all participate in the initiative, which will begin Oct. 20 when the Sabres host the Vancouver Canucks.
Students selected to join the "Captain's Class" will receive four tickets to a Sabres game and passes for the team's "Gold Carpet Experience." In addition, each recipient will receive a Sabres' puck autographed by one of the club's alternate captains.
"As a group, we felt it was important to recognize kids who were making a positive impact on our community," O'Reilly said. "We hope these children will feel a sense of pride in being recognized for the good work they are doing and continue to be an inspiration for their peers."
The "Captain's Class" will recognize children who exhibit one or more of the following characteristics: leadership, compassion, respect, volunteerism, character and selflessness. The program is open to children ages 8 to 18.
For more information, or to nominate a child for the "Captain's Class" program, visit Sabres.com
Nominations from family members will not be accepted.