Official Release | June 15, 2020


BayHawks team up with local health professionals to promote healthy living for Erie’s youth 

ERIE, PA – The Erie BayHawks have partnered with the Erie County Department of Health, LECOM Health and UPMC Health Plan to bring virtual clinics to Erie’s youth. Project: Fit is a year-long community program to promote healthy living through various basketball clinics, health activities and exciting fan experiences.

The nature of Project: Fit’s virtual clinics is to educate and inform youth about ways to keep a healthy mind and body during summer vacation and while being limited from social activities. Local health professionals speak on various topics ranging from the advantages of staying away from tobacco and vaping, to food portion control, stretching and exercising.  Additionally, a BayHawks player or coach will demonstrate basketball skills that can be practiced at home.  A series of three virtual clinics will be posted on the team’s website over the coming weeks.

“The virtual clinics allow us and our local health and wellness partners to continue to connect with Erie’s youth during a time when we would typically be visiting them at local community organizations or summer camps,” said BayHawks team president Matt Bresee.  “This is a fun way we can reach them in their homes and remind them to stay active and healthy.”

The new episode is now on the Erie BayHawks YouTube channel today, August 13. To view the clinic, click here.

The Erie BayHawks, presented by LECOM, are the NBA G League affiliate of the New Orleans Pelicans. The NBA G League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league whose teams have direct affiliations to NBA franchises.  The BayHawks, established in 2008, play their home games at Erie Insurance Arena and were one of the first teams in the G League to establish a marquee partnership.  The BayHawks marquee partner, the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), LECOM School of Dental Medicine and LECOM School of Pharmacy offer innovative and affordable education in osteopathic medicine, dentistry and pharmacy. From campuses in Erie, Pennsylvania, Greensburg, Pennsylvania and Bradenton, Florida, LECOM provides student-centered pathways to prepare the next generation of healthcare professionals.  LECOM physicians serve as the BayHawks medical staff, the team practices at the state-of-the-art LECOM Medical Fitness & Wellness Center, and together the BayHawks and LECOM promote education, health and wellness throughout Erie County.