Patriots plan a super treat for some super people in the community
|01.23.12 at 9:20 pm ET|
FOXBORO — The Patriots have celebrated the efforts of community service workers and volunteers all season.
Now, they’re taking it to a whole new level.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft on Monday announced the opening of a ‘Super Bowl for Super People’ online sweepstakes to recognize outstanding individuals in the public service sector as an extension of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation’s season-long ‘Celebrate Volunteerism’ campaign.
Ten winners will be randomly selected from a pool of police officers, firefighters, teachers, military personnel and nurses in New England who have been identified as ‘Super People’ by their superiors.
Two winners from each category will receive the ‘Super Bowl for Super People’ package, an all-expenses paid, one-day trip to Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis for them and a guest, including game tickets, round-trip airfare, transportation to and from the game and tickets to the Patriots’ postgame party.
It’s appropriate that the team reached the ultimate game this season to reward the volunteers, since giving back to the community was the heart and soul of the lifetime of work of the late Myra Kraft.
‘Throughout a season dedicated to my sweetheart, we recognized outstanding individuals for their many contributions to our community through ‘Celebrate Volunteerism,’’ Kraft said of his late wife. ‘In New England, we’re all part of the same community and part of the same family, and we all benefit from the dedication of hard-working public servants. We’re glad that through this sweepstakes we can reward those who have chosen a career in public service and through their commitment to giving back have earned the recognition of their superiors. We’re excited to have them in our day-of-game travel party as representatives of their professional communities.’
Police chiefs, fire chiefs, school superintendents, commanding officers and doctors/head nurses are invited to nominate one outstanding contributor from their team via Patriots.com/community.
The sweepstakes opened Monday at 6 p.m. and closes at 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 25. Nominees must be 18 years of age or older, have transportation to the departure location on Feb. 5 and live in New England. The randomly-selected winners will be contacted by Jan. 28.
“We were trying to think ‘ this year has been dedicated to volunteerism and people who dedicate themselves to their communities,” Kraft said. “I credit my son, Jonathan, with coming up with this idea of trying to think of those people who help make this country so great, but who don’t seek monetary return as the number one thing in their lives, but rather try to serve their community. I personally thought of five areas that I’ve had experience with and I think most of you have. One being nurses, military personnel, teachers, firemen and policemen. I think they all help to make this country so great and probably are, in my mind, underappreciated and in many cases underpaid.”