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Belichick launches his own foundation, holds raffle to kick off fundraising

Posted by David D'Onofrio  December 18, 2013 02:00 PM

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500x305-20131218-belichick-foundationWith a mission to "bring the values of the Belichick family – a love of sports, coaching and team building – to the athletic leaders of tomorrow," the Patriots head coach officially launched the Bill Belichick Foundation on Wednesday, formally expanding his philanthropic endeavors to provide coaching, mentorship, and financial support to individuals, communities, and organizations focused on football and lacrosse.

"My goal is to recognize, support and endow those with great potential who have a need for additional help and resources,” Belichick said, according to a press release. “Mentorship has been ingrained in our family and we take a team approach to just about everything we do. We have been helped by so many people and we look forward to helping others however we can by relating our experiences and life lessons through a variety of athletic programs and services.”

The release made mention of Belichick having grown up watching his father coach and scout, and also noted that two of Belichick's own kids have gone into coaching -- daughter Amanda is the interim head women's lacrosse coach at Wesleyan University, while son Steve is a coaching assistant with the Patriots -- so the suggestion is that the foundation will be a family effort made in honor of the ideals established by its patriarch. In fact, Belichick's girlfriend, Linda Holliday, is listed as its executive director.

We'll assume the timing of the foundation's launch didn't distract the coach from the task at hand with his team -- "It's on to Baltimore," if you haven't heard -- but rather was coordinated to help promote the raffle that will kick off its fundraising efforts, even as the Pats attempt to wrap up the AFC East, and potentially secure a first-round bye in the playoffs.

From now through 2 p.m. on Dec. 27, the foundation will be selling tickets for a chance to win a "once-in-a-lifetime" Patriots game package that includes two tickets to the regular-season finale against Buffalo (in a luxury suite hosted by Holliday), a room at the Renaissance Hotel at Patriots Place the night before the game, parking, pregame field passes, and a meet and greet with the coach himself.

Taxes and (at least a portion of) travel fees are also included, and chances to win cost just $2 apiece, with a minimum of five required, but no maximum to how many chances each person can purchase. Click here to buy those from Celebrities for Charity, or for additional details.

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