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BUFFALO, NY- Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Erie County Community College President Jack Quinn are calling on Western New Yorkers to help a deaf basketball player who has been offered a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Crystle Marion, 21, plays basketball at ECC and was selected to take part in the Under-21 World Deaf Basketball Championships in Turkey this summer. But in order to take part in the event Marion needs $3,000 to cover travel and accommodation costs.

At a press conference on Thursday, Brown said Marion is both a top performer in academics and a stand out athlete.

"To be able to represent your country in anything is amazing, and we felt that it was important for us to help this exceptional young woman be able to have this dream experience," said Mayor Brown.

An account for donations has been set up at First Niagara Bank in the name of Crystle Marion. Donations can also be made online.

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