St. Joe's graduate Gino Bona is one of 12 finalists in a contest to create a Super Bowl TV commercial for the NFL.
Bona, who grew up in the Town of Tonawanda and now works in marketing in Portland, Maine, created a 90-second spot called "It's So Hard To Say Goodbye," about the letdown that fans feel when the Super Bowl is over. His piece was chosen from among thousands of entries to be a finalist.
The grand prize winner will be determined by a committee of advertising executives and online voting at NFL.com, which continues through Jan. 7.
The grand prize includes a trip for two to Super Bowl XLI in Miami, and a chance to have the winning concept made into a commercial aired during the broadcast of Super Bowl XLI.
"I want to win so Bills fans can have something to celebrate during a Super Bowl," Bona said. "We've waited far too long for that."
A profile of Bona and the clip of his TV spot can be viewed at www.nfl.com/superad.
BASEBALL: The Blue Jays Baseball organization will be holding an exhibition series for high school varsity and junior varsity teams near the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in April and mid-May. Summer tournaments for ages 13, 14U, 15U, 16U and 18U teams will be held May 19-20, July 2-4 and in early August. Schools can play one, two or three games. Call Harvey Sandig at (631) 650-5759 or e-mail email@example.com.
BASKETBALL: A free camp for youngsters and a youth league are coming to the Belle Center, 104 Maryland St. Camp sessions will be held 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 6-7 (ages 6-8); noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 6-7 (ages 9-12); 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 13-14 (ages 13-15) and noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 13-14 (ages 15-18). The league, which starts Jan. 20, has sections for the same four age groups and costs $10 per player. Campers and league players must register at the Belle Center. Call 845-0485, ext. 26.
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