News | 6/28/2011 11:21:58 AM | ROCHESTER AMERICANS

Former Rochester Americans forward Patrick Kaleta threw out the first pitch at last night’s International League baseball game between the Buffalo Bisons and Norfolk Tides at Coca-Cola Field in downtown Buffalo.

The Angola, NY, native was there to support the Buffalo District Entertainment night for the minor-league baseball club. All the ticket proceeds from the contest benefited Kaleta’s HITS (Helping Individuals To Smile) Foundation.

The HITS Foundation has the opportunity to assist under-served communities, low-income families, and special needs individuals with your help. The HITS Foundation is assisting in funding and operating a new sports complex in the Southern Tier, bringing the game of hockey and other organized sports activities to a rural setting.

The mission of the HITS Foundation is to provide financial, facility and program support for underprivileged children and adults. The program offers opportunities for recipients to participate in activities that would otherwise be unavailable to them. The HITS Foundation enhances their quality of life and enriches the lives of the families and friends that support them.

Kaleta played parts of two seasons (2006-08) with the Amerks prior to earning a full-time job with the National Hockey League’s Buffalo Sabres. In 87 career games in Rochester, the former fan favorite scored six goals and collected 13 assists for 19 points while accumulating 242 minutes in penalties. He was named the Amerks’ Rookie of the Year and Most Improved Player following the 2006-07 season.

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