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An avid chess player recognizes the term "GAMBIT" as a strategic move whereby a pawn is sacrificed for a larger gain, namely, for an advantageous position on the board.

Members of the Canisius High School community, avid in their mission to ensure and to enhance the opportunities for the success of young "Men for Others," likewise recognize the term as a means to gain strategic advantage for the students of Canisius.

The sacrifices you make to support GAMBIT benefit our mission and our continued commitment to serve young men, intellectually, morally and spiritually, in the life-changing and profound experience of a Jesuit education.

In short, you help to secure for our students an "advantageous position" both within the school and beyond.


Robert ’81 and Susan Basil
Mike ’89 and Pam Smith
Matt ’94 and Heather Vukelic

We are thrilled to have the Basils, Smiths and Vukelics serve as co-chairs for the 45th anniversary of GAMBIT!


Upcoming Events

  • Ladies Holiday Breakfast Gift Gathering Friday, November 30, 2018
    Join Canisius mothers, past and present, at the Buffalo Club

Get Involved

Volunteer on a committee, donate a gift, be a sponsor on behalf of your company or family, attend a gift gathering party, attend or volunteer the night of the event. There are volunteer opportunities for everyone! Volunteering is a great way to meet other parents and enjoy the Canisius experience.

Contact the GAMBIT office at gambit@canisiushigh.org

Canisius Art

Celebrate the high school with a work of art created with photographs of Canisius High School's buildings, statues and architectural details. Proceeds support Canisius students through GAMBIT.



A Look Back...

Thank you to all of our sponsors, parents, alumni and friends for supporting our record breaking GAMBIT XLIV in 2018. Your generosity will make a huge difference in the lives of our young men. We welcome your continued support as we plan GAMBIT XLV.


Honoring Fr. Sams...

We launched a new scholarship in honor of the late Fr. Ronald Sams, S.J. '46 at GAMBIT XLIV. Fr. Sams helped establish GAMBIT because he believed in the mission of Canisius. Now the Fr. Ronald W. Sams, S.J. '46 AMDG Scholarship will help more deserving young men have access to a quality Jesuit education.