The UB Law Sports & Entertainment Forum and the Buffalo Sports & Entertainment Law Society are extremely proud to recognize Kristen Spulecki, who has been selected as one of two women to participate in the 2021 11 Day Power Play.
The 11 Day Power Play is an event organized by Buffalo locals Mike and Amy Lesakowski. Their goal is to raise money to fight cancer in Western New York through fundraisers centered around breaking the record for the world’s longest continuous hockey game. The money raised from this eleven-day-long game goes toward supporting cancer research and wellness programs at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Camp Good Days, Make-A-Wish Western New York, and the Roswell Park and Oishei Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Program. To date, the 11 Day Power Play has raised and donated over five million dollars for cancer research.
Kristen Spulecki is an admirable person who is truly deserving of this opportunity, and the 11 Day Power Play is lucky to have her for their 2021 event. A 2019 graduate from the University at Buffalo School of Law, and one of two women to be added to the 2021 forty-person roster, Kristen is an incredibly gifted attorney, athlete, and human being with a resumé to back it up.
As an undergraduate student, Kristen was a member of the NCAA women’s ice hockey team at St. Michael’s College while she earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies. While a student at UB Law, Kristen became involved with the Buffalo Environmental Law Journal, where she served as Editor in Chief. Kristen also skated as a member of the University at Buffalo’s ACHA women’s ice hockey team during her time as a law student at UB, and participated in the 11 Day Power Play in 2019 and 2020, when it was open to thousands of athletes in the Western New York communities. Additionally, Kristen has attained her Level 4 Ice Hockey Coaching Certification through USA Hockey. Progressing through these levels of certification has allowed Kristen to spend time as an Instructor for Hasek’s Heroes, and as a women’s ice hockey coach for the Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association and the Cazenovia Park Hockey Association. Following her graduation from UB Law, Kristen accepted an offer to be an Associate Attorney for RJ Friedman Attorneys, where she still practices law today.
UB Sports & Entertainment Law is proud to recognize Kristen’s accomplishments, her ground-breaking role as a female sports role model, and her service to the community.
Kristen is also a staunch supporter of mental health awareness efforts, and prides herself in being an ally for those struggling with depression, anxiety, and other personal traumas. Kristen proudly displays her support for movements such as #SameHere, #TeamMorgan, and UB Law Alumnus Matthew Benedict’s One Last Goal.
The UB Law Sports & Entertainment Forum is incredibly proud of Kristen for being selected to participate in the 2021 event taking place November 13th to November 24th. As one of the #Frozen40, Kristen is responsible for raising at least $15,000 between now and November. If you would like to support Kristen’s race to $15,000, you can click here to access her donation page. Both Kristen and our blog contributors would appreciate any and all help in attaining her $15,000 goal.
Congratulations, Kristen, from all past and present UB Law Sports & Entertainment Forum contributors, and from the entire Buffalo Sports & Entertainment Law Society. We are incredibly proud of you and cannot wait to see you hit the ice in November for an amazing cause.
My name is Joe Notartomas and I am a 2019 graduate from the University at Buffalo School of Law, with a particular interest in Corporate and Sports Law. I grew up in Southwest Florida, and before law school, earned my Bachelor's Degree from the University of Florida in 2014. Thanks for reading. - Joe