Buffalo Bills and Sabers co-owner Kim Pegula is undergoing treatment for undisclosed health issues.
The Pegula family released a statement on Tuesday saying, “Kim is receiving medical attention following unexpected health issues. We are very grateful for the progress she has made over the past few days. She has an exceptional team of medical experts at by his side. We ask that you keep Kim and our family in your prayers and respect our need for privacy.”
Pegula, 53, is president and CEO of Pegula Sports and Entertainment. She oversees the business operations of the Bills and Sabers and is the first female president of an NFL and NHL team.
Kim and Terry Pegula, 71, bought the Bills in 2014 after becoming owners of the Sabers in 2011.
Kim Pegula has been a public advocate for increasing diversity in the NFL and NHL, and she serves on the NFL’s Workplace Diversity Committee. Pegula also serves on the Super Bowl and NFL Major Events Advisory Committee, the Business Enterprise Committee, and the NFL Foundation Committee.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Pegula was adopted at age 5 by a Canadian family based in Fairport, New York, east of Rochester. She then attended Houghton College, living her entire youth in western New York.
The Pegulas also own the Buffalo Bandits and Rochester Knighthawks of the National Lacrosse League and the Rochester Americans of the AHL. A deal was reached this year on a new $1.4 billion stadium that will keep the Bills in Orchard Park, New York, for the foreseeable future on a 30-year lease.
Along with Commissioner Roger Goodell, the Pegulas visited the site of the racist shooting that killed 10 people at an East Buffalo supermarket last month.
The Pegulas have five children: Jessica, Kelly, Matthew, Michael and Laura.
The family did not provide further details on Kim Pegula’s condition.
Bills coach Sean McDermott, who was hired by the Pegulas in 2017, said Tuesday: [Kim and Terry Pegula] have done for me, for my family, for this team and this city and Western New York — just being there for them, offering all of us collectively our prayers and support and giving them the privacy they need, is important during this time.”
ESPN’s Alaina Getzenberg contributed to this report.