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Patriots Foundation hits the books

Posted by Albert Breer  June 22, 2010 09:43 AM

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So for Josh Kraft, the foundation's president, that was one nice thing about the way the whole night came together. But there are deeper lessons he hopes come from this.

"The three issues, when I was speaking, I think are so important," Kraft said. "One, it's about different groups coming together -- Parents, teachers, the charitable foundation, the runners -- to make something great happen. Secondly, it reinforces the importantly, it reinforces the influence of community service. And thirdly, in this day and age of two-word texts, and 140-character Twitter, having the skill to write expressively is gonna get kids far, because a lot of kids aren't gonna be able to do it."

Patriots legend and executive director of community affairs Andre Tippett was also in attendance and could connect, on one level, with a lot of the kids in attendance. He too went to college on scholarship, albeit a different kind.

"I always cherish the fact that I was on a scholarship," said Tippett, who has a child in college and two more preparing to. "I was very lucky, and I knew that I was lucky to be able to get a full scholarship that really took care of my whole education. Not many of us are fortunate enough to get that, and when you get it, you must cherish it.

"You see the joy and the happiness in the families, and you know what kind of relief that's going to put on the family and just ease the burden for a lot of them along the way. The kids worked hard. It was a contest, it was a competition, and a lot of these kids, you can tell they're very competitive through their writing. It's a special time and the parents just beaming. They're just so proud and happy with their kids."

Pretty cool deal, all the way around, and an interesting one to attend.
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