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Belichick creates charitable foundation

Posted by Mike Whitmer, Globe Staff  December 18, 2013 01:40 PM

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FOXBOROUGH -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick has launched a charitable foundation aimed at providing financial assistance and mentorship opportunities to individuals and organizations with a focus on football and lacrosse.

The Bill Belichick Foundation said that it's mission is "to bring the values of the Belichick family -- a love of sports, coaching, and team building -- to the athletic leaders of tomorrow."

Belichick's father, Sreve, was an assistant coach and scout, spending many of his years at the Naval Academy. Belichick's son, also named Steve, is a coaching assistant with the Patriots, and his daughter, Amanda, is the lacrosse coach at Wesleyan. Another son, Brian, attends Trinity College, where he plays lacrosse.

"My goal is to recognize, support and endow those with great potential who have a need for additional help and resources," said Belichick. "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."

As part of its launch, the foundation is raffling off a prize package that includes a meet-and-greet and luxury suite tickets to the Patriots-Bills game at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 29. Tickets to the online raffle can be purchased for $2, and there are no limitations to how many tickets can be purchased per person. Tickets are available at netraffle.org, until 2 p.m. on Dec. 27.

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