A day after 10 people were killed and three others injured in a shooting at a Buffalo supermarket, Bills safety Micah Hyde committed to donating a portion of the proceeds from his charity softball game to the families of the victims.
Hyde said that the long-planned softball game was almost canceled due to the weekend's events, but that he felt it was important to bring the community together after such a tragedy and do something positive.
The attack took place Saturday afternoon when a white 18-year-old man opened fire at a Tops Friendly Markets located in a predominantly Black neighborhood in Buffalo. Authorities have described the act as "racially motivated violent extremism."
"I still can't believe it," Hyde said. "But when there's hate in the world, you kind of erase it with love, and coming out here today and showing the community love and love to the youth, love to the community, love to the foundation. I guess that's the way to combat it."
A $200,000 check was presented to Hyde's IMagINe For Youth foundation by the event's sponsors prior to the game. In addition to a portion of other proceeds, the money collected from the silent auction held at the event is going to the victims' families. Everything raised from the softball game is going back to Western New York.
The event attracted over 10,000 people to Sahlen Field in downtown Buffalo, after less than 2,000 attended Hyde's first charity softball game back in 2019. More than three dozen Bills players were in attendance, including quarterback Josh Allen, tight end Dawson Knox, cornerback Tre'Davious White and safety Jordan Poyer.