Windsor Express teams with ACS to celebrate Amherstburg

 

 

Special to the RTT

 

When the Windsor Express square up against the St. John Riptide April 8 at the WFCU Centre, they won’t be the only ones in the spotlight.

The local basketball team will be using the evening to celebrate Amherstburg and thank the fans from that area for their support. The Express has teamed up with local charity, Amherstburg Community Services (ACS) to spread the word about the game and to support services in the area.

Windsor Express owner Dartis Willis Sr. believes the municipalities of Windsor-Essex share a lot, and that the love of basketball can be one more thing that defines the region.

“Every time we take to the court, our team represents more than just the city of Windsor,” Willis Sr. said.  “We think it’s vital that we recognize the communities outside the city, and that’s what we hope to do on April 8th. The municipalities all share an identity; we’re all part of what makes Windsor-Essex a great place to be, and we want to make a point that we are the team for all of Essex County.”

The Windsor Express' April 8 game against the St. John Riptide will be "Amherstburg Day." The National Basketball League of Canada team is teaming with Amherstburg Community Services on the event.

The Windsor Express’ April 8 game against the St. John Riptide will be “Amherstburg Day.” The National Basketball League of Canada team is teaming with Amherstburg Community Services on the event.

Kathy DiBartolomeo, executive director at Amherstburg Community Services, says this presents an excellent opportunity for everyone involved.

“We strongly believe in the benefits of collaboration, and are so excited to partner with such an exciting local sports franchise,” DiBartolomeo said. “Sports have a unique way of instilling passion and pride in each other, and we think this is a great chance to put the spotlight on Amherstburg and to help build up that community pride.”

Tip off for the game is at 7 p.m. at the WFCU Centre April 8.  To create awareness and celebrate Amherstburg, the Express will provide special advertisements during the game, include representatives from the town of Amherstburg during the half-time show, provide special advertising pricing for Amherstburg businesses and provide special ticket pricing.

Tickets will be sold in Amherstburg and will be $5 each for general admission.  There will also be $25 court-side tickets available, with $15 from each of those ticket sales being donated back to Amherstburg Community Services.  Tickets can be purchased at Amherstburg Community Services’ main office at 179 Victoria St. S.

ACS will also be providing a $17 round-trip shuttle service from their office to the game for county residents interested in attending.  Those interested can call ACS at 519-736-5471 or contact Windsor Express through their website, www.windsorexpress.ca for more information.

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