Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his son Benjamin made a surprise appearance at the Brookline home of team owner Robert Kraft Tuesday night, to offer praise and congratulations to a group of Brandeis University students enrolled in a program named for Kraft’s late wife, Myra.
“[Myra Kraft] was a wonderful woman,” Brady told the students. “You guys should be really proud to be under her namesake.
“You guys are the leaders of tomorrow,” said Brady, as he held his 3-year-old son. “So you guys are going to be leading little boys like this and little girls like my little girl [Vivian].”
In June, Brandeis officials announced they would name the university’s Transitional Year Program in honor of Myra Kraft. The Kraft family donated $5 million to the program in her honor.
The one-year academic program helps students who have shown determination to succeed academically, but due to a lack of resources or other reasons, are not fully prepared for college-level courses.
At the private ceremony Tuesday afternoon, Kraft told the students, “You’re in a very great environment,” he said. “You’re going to have a great opportunity to succeed, and I’m just so proud that all of you are going to bear my sweetheart’s name.”