May 4, 2011

K-Hawks' Styres Named NLL's Top Executive

from press release

Rochester Knighthawks owner Curt Styres has won the National Lacrosse League's Executive of the Year Award for the 2011 season.

Styres became the first Native North American individual to own a professional sports franchise when he purchased the team in June of 2008. In his third season as owner of the franchise, Styres changed the culture of the Knighthawks this season, both on and off the field. The team posted a 10-6 regular season record, which tied for first in the Eastern Division and earned a trip to the 2011 Playoffs. Off the field, the organization continued to make strides in the local business community and with its outreach to area charities.

"Curt Styres has made a positive and lasting impact on the franchise, and the sport of lacrosse", said NLL Commissioner George Daniel. "Curt is the only team owner that is also a member of our Competition Committee. I think this speaks to his passion and commitment to the sport. The NLL congratulates him on this well-deserved award".

He has embraced the City of Rochester through his charitable endeavors with the founding of the Rochester Knighthawks/Americans Charitable Foundation. In 2011, raised over $43,000 for Rochester-area charities such as WEASE Cares, Camp Good Days, Hillside Family of Agencies, CURE Childhood Cancer Association, Dash for Dads, the Craig Charron Foundation and Kids Adjusting Through Support (KATS).

This season, he also founded the Junior Knighthawks to provide Rochester field players a chance to learn the game from professional players with the end goal of growing the indoor game in the community. He also partnered with ROC E6 to give inner-city kids a chance to play a game at The Blue Cross Arena and gave them opportunities to see their first NLL games free of charge.

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