Gronk de­liv­ers $25G check, fun to Bos­ton Chil­dren’s

Boston Herald - - NEWS - By LIND­SAY KALTER

Rob Gronkowski had kids smil­ing all over New Eng­land yes­ter­day — and it had noth­ing to do with foot­ball.

Gronk and his en­tourage made their char­i­ta­ble rounds vis­it­ing chil­dren’s hos­pi­tals in Bos­ton, Rhode Is­land and Maine to hand­de­liver $25,000 checks.

The money was raised by the Gronk Na­tion Youth Foun­da­tion, through AFC Cham­pi­onship and Su­per Bowl ticket raf­fles.

Gronkowski was ac­com­pa­nied by his fa­ther and two broth­ers.

“The Gronkowski fam­ily has been fab­u­lous for years,” said Michael Born­horst, as­so­ciate vice pres­i­dent of Cor­po­rate De­vel­op­ment and Spe­cial Events at Bos­ton Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal. “Rob spends a lot of time at the hos­pi­tal and makes great con­nec­tions with the pa­tients. He’s just a big kid at heart and has a great time when he’s here.”

The do­na­tion was made to the hos­pi­tals’ Ev­ery Child Fund, which helps with pa­tient care, re­search and train­ing.

“It’s ar­guably the most im­por­tant fund at the hos­pi­tal be­cause it sup­ports the ar­eas of great­est need,” Born­horst said. “It trick­les down to ev­ery­one at the hos­pi­tal.”

The Bar­bara Bush Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal at Maine Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Has­bro Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in Rhode Is­land and Bos­ton Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal all ben­e­fited from the raf­fles.

“He’s a busy guy, and for him to take the time to visit the hos­pi­tal to­day — we’ve got to give him and his broth­ers credit for all they do,” Born­horst said. “They bring a lot of joy to the hos­pi­tal.”


‘HE’S JUST A BIG KID AT HEART’: Rob Gronkowski plays Olympic bean­bag toss at Bos­ton Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal yes­ter­day. Gronk and his en­tourage vis­ited New Eng­land chil­dren’s hos­pi­tals to hand out raf­fle pro­ceeds.


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