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Buffalo Bills and Sabers co-owner Kim Pegula is under treatment for undisclosed heath issues.
The Pegula family issued a statement on Tuesday saying: “Kim is receiving medical attention due to some unexpected health issues. We are very grateful for the progress she has made over the last few days. She has a unique team of medical experts We ask you to keep Kim and our family in your prayers and ask you to respect our privacy needs. “
Pegula, 53, is president and CEO of Pegula Sports and Entertainment. She oversees the operations of the Bills and Sabers and is the first female president of both an NFL and NHL team.
Kim and Terry Pegula, 71, bought Bills in 2014 after becoming owners of the Sabers in 2011.
Quarterback Josh Allen said the players learned on Tuesday that Kim Pegula is dealing with health issues and that it came as a surprise to the team.
“We all pray for them, and we appreciate that everyone in the community also prays for them,” Allen said. “She has done so much for our organization and we all love her so much. Again, as a team, we pray our prayers and we just ask you to do the same for us, thank you.”
Kim Pegula has been a public advocate for increasing diversity in the NFL and NHL, and she sits on the NFL’s diversity committee in the workplace. Pegula also serves on the NFL Super Bowl and Major Advisory Committee, Business Committee, and NFL Fund Committees.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Pegula was adopted as a 5-year-old by a Canadian family based in Fairport, New York, east of Rochester. She later attended Houghton College and lived all of her early life in western New York.
Pegulas also owns the National Lacrosse League Buffalo Bandits and Rochester Knighthawks and AHL’s Rochester Americans. An agreement was reached this year for a new $ 1.4 billion stadium that will retain the Bills in Orchard Park, New York, for the foreseeable future with a 30-year lease.
Along with Commissioner Roger Goodell, Pegula visited the site of the racist shooting that killed 10 people in a supermarket in East Buffalo last month.
Pegulas has five children: Jessica, Kelly, Matthew, Michael and Laura.
The family has not given further details about Kim Pegula’s condition.
Bill’s coach Sean McDermott, who was hired by the Pegulas in 2017 and has led the team to three straight winning seasons and consecutive division titles, said Tuesday: “What [Kim and Terry Pegula] has done for me, for my family, for this team and this city and western New York – just to be there for them, that we all offer our prayers and support and give them the privacy they need is important in this time. “