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Gronkowski, Mallett to lead teams and square off in charity Xbox challenge

Posted by David D'Onofrio  November 27, 2013 12:00 PM

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About a year ago, a few members of the Patriots took on some of the Giants in Halo 4 -- the latest edition of the incredibly popular, interstellar war video game. New England lost that battle last November. And now the Pats are turning on themselves.

At Royale Boston on Dec. 11, tight end Rob Gronkowski and quarterback Ryan Mallett will go head to head, each leading a team of gamers in the finals of the Celebrity Gaming Challenge -- the proceeds from which will benefit the Gronk Nation Foundation and the Miller McNeil Woodruff Foundation.

The tournament actually begins a few days earlier, with preliminary rounds at the Microsoft stores in Salem, N.H. (Dec. 6), Natick (Dec. 7) and Boston's Prudential Center (Dec. 8). Contestants will play as singles at that point, proceeding through a round-robin elimination tournament that will eventually whittle the field down to two winners from each of those locations, then those players will advance to the finals, where they'll be drafted onto the teams led by Gronkowski and Mallett.

To register for the competition, go here, or if you just want to watch the competition and see for yourself whether Gronkowski or Mallett is the superior Xbox athlete, go here to buy tickets to the finals for $20 apiece. Winners of the tournament will each receive a new Xbox One system of their own, while helping to raise money for the Patriots' causes. The Gronk Nation Foundation strives to empower kids in order to help them maximize their potential, while the Miller McNeil Woodruff Foundation aims to raise awareness, fund research, and offer support to families facing the challenge of Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

Both are certainly worthy missions. And you never know what Gronk might do at one of these events. Especially in the heat of competition.

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