Gronk Nation Youth Foundation Makes Donation to Boston Public Schools Athletics

Provides Funding for Sporting Equipment
BOSTON — Wednesday, May 24, 2017 — New England Patriots player Rob Gronkowski presented a check for $70,000 toward athletic equipment for female athletes to the Boston Public Schools (BPS) and five other New England school districts in a ceremony today at White Stadium in Jamaica Plain.
The two-time Super Bowl champion presented the check on behalf of the Gronk Nation Youth Foundation, which is dedicated to inspiring and supporting youth through sports. The donation was made in collaboration with Riddell Athletics and the John Hancock.
“I’d like to thank everyone involved with bringing Gronk Nation to the Boston Public Schools and encouraging our youth to stay active,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “Providing even small opportunities to keep students in sports helps them stay healthy and builds important life skills.”
The check presentation took place shortly before the BPS Track and Field City Championship that showcased BPS student athletes from across the city. Gronk met with several students participating in the championship, including John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science junior Destaunia Perry, who recently overcame a leg injury; and Francis Sosa, a junior at Brighton High School who is working one-on-one with coaches to develop perseverance strategies to help his athletic performance.
“As an athlete, I understand the importance of safe and effective equipment. That is why on behalf of our foundation, we are happy to be able to provide this grant to women sports programs at Boston Public Schools,” Gronkowski said.
Boston School Committee Chairperson Michael O’Neill thanked Gronkowski for having a positive influence of BPS student athletes.
“It’s wonderful for our student athletes to make connections with sports champions like Gronk to understand that they can also reach their goals,” O’Neill said. “We thank Mr. Gronkowski and the Gronk Nation Youth Foundation for their generous contribution and for talking to students about how to achieve success.”
BPS Superintendent Tommy Chang was on hand with Dan Arrigg Koh, chief of staff to Mayor Walsh, to thank Gronkowski for helping Boston students.
“Support for athletics not only helps our students stay physically active and healthy, but it translates into enhanced social-emotional skills that can improve outcomes academically and in life,” Chang said. “Our students surely got a surge of encouragement from meeting Gronk today and we are grateful for the Foundation’s gracious donation.”

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