The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation is committed to running programs that align with the foundation's mission and support the New England region.
The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation continues their efforts to increase awareness of the importance of blood and platelet donation with a blood drive at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Kraft Family Donor Center. During the drive all successful donors receive special Patriots-themed gifts and are entered into a drawing for autographed prizes.
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Myra Kraft Community MVP Award
Each year, the Kraft family and the Patriots honor volunteers of the New England community for their service to nonprofit organizations around the region through the Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards. In 2011, the Kraft family and Patriots Charitable Foundation announced the renaming of the award to the Myra Kraft Community MVP Award, in honor of Myra's life-long commitment to giving to others through volunteerism. Each year, Myra Kraft Community MVP winners are recognized for their leadership, dedication and a commitment to bettering their communities during a luncheon at Gillette Stadium with a donation made in their name to the nonprofit organization for which they volunteer. Nominations traditionally open in the spring for 30 days. Please check back here for the most current information.
Myra Kraft Community MVP Award TestimonialBy 2012 Grand Prize Winner: Lou Cimaglia | Local Heroes: $25,000 grant winner
In June of 2012, Local Heroes, Inc. was awarded the $25,000 grand prize in honor of Lou Cimaglia, Sr. who founded the nonprofit and continues to lead a team of volunteers who have sent more than 20,000 care packages to military members serving overseas.
The notion of the "greater good" has fueled Local Heroes and has been our guiding principle for over eight years. We have seen so many volunteers come and go, some remain from day one, thousands and thousands of dollars in donations spent on postage and supplies and countless servicemen and women get deployed, return home, and work to acclimate themselves to civilian life. To be a part of this process is humbling. It's always important to help out your fellow man, especially those fighting to preserve and protect our freedom. Volunteerism makes our communities stronger and we are happy to be a part of that community. For Local Heroes to be recognized by such a paramount example of success and ethical triumph, I cannot begin to express my gratitude and sincere appreciation for the Kraft Family. It's truly an honor.Below is a list of the 2012 Myra Kraft Community MVP Award winners:
Myra Kraft Community MVP Award TestimonialBy 2011 Grand Prize Winner: Nomi KaimAspergers Association of New England: $25,000 grant winner
2012 MYRA KRAFT COMMUNITY MVP AWARD WINNERS
$25,000 Grand Prize Winner
|Lou Cimaglia, Sr.
||Local Heroes, Inc.
$10,000 Second Prize Winners
||First United Methodist Church of Manchester
||East Seals Capital Region & Eastern Conn.
||National Association for Black Accountants
|Phyllis Swerling Kellem
||Chestnut Hill, Mass.
||Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
||The Treehouse Foundation
$2,500 Third Prize Winners
||Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence
||United Way of Rhode Island
||The Upper Valley Haven
||South Portland, ME
||Westbrook Youth Center
||Rise Again Outreach
||Shape Up R.I.
||Gales Ferry, Conn.
||Gales Ferry Volunteer Fire Co.
||Lights Out, Green In, Inc.
||The Courage to Speak Foundation Inc.
"Living with Asperger Syndrome (AS) can feel like waging a continuous battle. A battle against paralyzing anxiety. Raw sensory overload and misunderstandings. And the insidious sense of “I can’t,” “I will never,” and “Impossible.”
Joining the Aspergers Association of New England (AANE) exposed me to a whole new reality: a reality in which individuals with AS have genuine strengths and can contribute to society. The staff of AANE encouraged me to share my experiences by publishing articles, delivering lectures, and mentoring adolescents and adults with AS who were embarking on journeys similar to my own. As I gave voice to my life story, I discovered how eager people were to hear it. My sense of efficacy soared.
Winning the Grand Prize MVP Award from the Myra Kraft Charitable Foundation was a resounding validation of the generosity of my entire community. Just as AANE stepped forward to enrich my life with meaning and purpose, and then I stepped forward to share my voice – now the Kraft Family has stepped forward to recognize and fund our important work. The $25,000 prize donation is enabling AANE to help many more people with AS achieve meaningful lives. I am honored to be a link in this magnificent chain of giving."
Each year, the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation Marathon Team raises funds for the Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards. For more information about the key role they play in supporting this program, click here
The New England Patriots are proud to team with the Make-A-Wish program in providing special experiences for children battling life-threatening illnesses. Children from across the U.S. are invited to visit Gillette Stadium for a day of making their wish to meet a Patriots player come true. The memorable day includes a meet and greet with the players, trips to The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon, personalized Patriots gear and more.
Attention students! The New England Patriots want to help send YOU to college! In 2011, the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation will provide scholarships for New England inner-city youth who may not otherwise be able to seek higher education. The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation is committed to helping students attend college and has awarded scholarships to youth across New England over the past five years through various scholarship programs. Please continue to check here for updates on how to apply for scholarship opportunities.
Patriots Women's Association
Not only supporting their loved ones on the field, the Patriot Women's Association is committed to serving the New England community. With events and activities including the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation's Community Holiday Party, and the annual Ladies Luncheon hosted in honor of the late President of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, Myra Kraft, the Patriot Women's Association serves as a special arm of team's charitable efforts.
Myra Kraft, wife of Patriots Chairman and CEO led by example as she served lunch to women in need at the Women's Lunch Place in 2010.
New England Kids Triathlon
Triathlon is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world, and kids triathlons are a vital part of this trend. Race distances are set by USATriathlon (the governing body of the sport under the United States Olympic Committee) to be challenging, yet achievable and every race consists of four components – swimming, biking, running and transitions. There are two divisions in kids races with the juniors (10 years old & under) completing a 100 yard swim; three mile bike and half mile run. The seniors (ages 11 – 15) complete double the distances (200 yard swim; six mile bike; and one mile run).
For more information, please visit www.newenglandkidstriathlon.org
Patriots Kids Cafe
The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation and the Kraft family have partnered with The Greater Boston Food Bank to expand the Kids Cafe program. The purpose of the Patriots Kids Cafes, located within area Boys and Girls Clubs, is to provide hot meals for underprivileged children who may not receive one at home. Many times this is the only hot meal the child receives the entire day. Patriots Kids Cafes currently provides children with 262,500 meals per year at seven different locations: The West End House Boys & Girls Club, Chelsea/Gerald and Darlene Jordan Club, Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester, The Blue Hill Club - George Robert White Youth Development Center in Dorchester, The Yawkey Club of Roxbury, Charlestown Club Keane Children's Center/Ansin Youth Center and South Boston Boys & Girls Club.
NFL Play 60
The Mission: To make the next generation of youth the most active and healthy.
The New England Patriots continue to team with the NFL for NFL PLAY 60, a national youth health and fitness campaign focused on increasing the wellness of young fans by encouraging them to be active for at least 60 minutes a day.
Designed to tackle childhood obesity, NFL PLAY 60 brings together the NFL's long-standing commitment to health and fitness with an impressive roster of partner organizations. In addition to national outreach and online programs, NFL PLAY 60 is implemented at the grassroots level through NFL's in-school, after-school and team-based programs. The NFL PLAY 60 initiative is prominent during the NFL's key calendar events, including Super Bowl, Pro Bowl, Draft, Kickoff and Thanksgiving and is supported by many NFL players and coaches year round.
The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation and Patriot players participate in numerous PLAY 60 events and appearances including the PLAY 60 Super School event which awarded the Henry Grew Elementary School in Hyde Park, MA with a grant of $10,000 for wellness programs. Patriots' players also participated in the Ultimate Gym Class with students from the school. Additional PLAY 60 initiatives include hosting children from the Chelsea Boys & Girls Club to join the cheerleaders on-field to welcome the team during a homegame.
Read Between the Lines
The Patriots "Read Between the Lines" program features Patriots' offensive and defensive linemen and includes visits to local schools to promote reading and the importance of education. "Read Between the Lines" is filled with educational fun including a "Summer Reading Blitz" which challenges all students to set summer reading goals, followed by visits by Patriots linemen if students reach their reading goals.
The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation teams with Raytheon and area Boys & Girls Clubs for the annual Science of Sports Science Fair at Gillette Stadium each spring. Teams of children work with Raytheon mentors on science projects which culminate in a science fair judged by celebrity judges Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, Raytheon's Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Bill Swanson and a Patriot player. The winning teams are awarded scholarships toward education.
Totally Patriots kicks off Sunday mornings at 11a.m. on WBZ, with a look at what makes the Pats and their players different from all others in the league. Designated for the next generation of Patriot s fans, Totally Patriots features programming that invites groups of students to participate in an opportunity to interview Patriots players. For more information about the upcoming programming or how to participate visit www.totallypatriots.com.
FOOTBALL FOR YOU
Football for You is a free non contact football clinic presented by the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation and the New England Patriots Alumni Club to encourage and excite the youth of our cities to participate in the game at which these players excelled. The clinic features former New England Patriots players serving as the instructors for the clinic, leading the participants through the fundamentals of offensive and defensive techniques and skills. The day concludes with a guest speaker and family barbeque. The clinic is open to all children ages 11 –14, to experienced players or those just thinking about trying football for the first time. The charter of the New England Patriots Alumni Club is to give back to youth football in New England; we hope that this program will excite many students to play football at the next level.Newtown, Connecticut - May 18, 11am - 3pmMore Info / Registration Form Boston, MA - June 8, 8:30am - NoonMore Info / Registration Form Worcester, MA - June 15, 8:30am - NoonMore Info / Registration Form Springfield, MA - June 21, 12:30pm - 5pmMore Info / Registration Form North Shore - June 22, 8:30am - NoonMore Info / Registration Form UNH - June 29, 8:30am - NoonMore Info / Registration Form Providence, RI - July 20, 12:30pm - 5pmMore Info / Registration Form
USA Football is the national governing body of youth and amateur football. An independent non-profit based in Indianapolis, USA Football, which hosts more than 100 training events annually, offers education programs for coaches and game officials as well as skill development for young players and resources for youth league administrators. The organization awards more than $1,000,000 in equipment grants to youth leagues and high schools each year based on merit and need along with additional resources. USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, the NFL Players Association and all 32 NFL teams.More Info
USA Football Month
The New England Patriots, the NFL & NFLPA recognize August as "USA Football Month" as America gets back to football. The New England Patriots with USA Football, invite youth football development programs to view preseason games and to participate in youth football scrimmages at Gillette stadium. During this month, the Patriots participate in numerous youth football initiatives including scrimmages during preseason games, hosting thousands of youth football fans and more.
HIGH SCHOOL COACH OF THE WEEK
The NFL High School Football Coach of the Week program honors high school football coaches and their teams each week throughout the season. The program is designed to recognize high school coaches who, through their hard work and dedication to young people, create successful football teams and players both on and off the field. Each team selected is invited to the stadium welcome by Pro Football and Patriots Hall of Famer Andre Tippett and awarded a grant to help maintain and upgrade their football programs.
CLEAT DONATION PROGRAM
The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation provides new or gently used football cleats to youth and high school students athletes throughout New England. Student athletes from low and moderate income families requests will be considered. New and gently used football cleats are available in large sizes only. Who Can Request
High School Athletic Directors, Head Football Coaches, Youth Football League Presidents and Youth Football Coaches may request cleats for players in need in their respective programs. Requests will also be accepted from individual student athletes. Football cleats must be picked up from Gillette Stadium by the coach or student athlete at a mutually agreed upon date and time. A waiver must be signed by the parent or guardian of each student athlete receiving a pair of cleats. One pair per athlete only. Available sizes
New and gently used football cleats are available in sizes 13 -18. An extremely limited selection of gently used cleats may be available in sizes 11 and 12.
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