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Lacrosse Part Focus of New Bill Belichick Charitable Foundation

by Corey McLaughlin | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter | McLaughlin Archive

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick (right) announced the create of a charitable organization on Wednesday that will, in part, focus on individiuals, communities and organizations in the sport of lacrosse.
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When New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick on Wednesday announced the official launch of the Bill Belichick Foundation, lacrosse was mentioned prominently in the non-profit organization's mission statement.

It is: "To provide coaching, mentorship, and financial assistance to individuals, communities and organizations with a focus on the sports of football and lacrosse," according to a press release from the Patriots, and "bring the values of the Belichick family — a love of sports, coaching and teambuilding — to the athletic leaders of tomorrow."

Belichick, the likely future Pro Football Hall of Famer, is in a way the First Football Coach of lacrosse, having captained the Wesleyan lacrosse team during his college days. Belichick's daughter, Amanda, is now the interim head women's lacrosse coach at Wesleyan and his son, Brian, currently plays at Trinity College. Another son, Stephen, now an assistant with the Patriots, played lacrosse and football at Rutgers.

Bill Belichick is close friends with Johns Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala, and has also been seen with two-time MLL MVP Paul Rabil. (We also recently named Bill Belichick the coach of the All-Time All-Lacrosse Football Team.)

Belichick traces his lacrosse roots to Annapolis (Md.) High, where he played the sport while his father, Steve, worked at the Naval Academy as an assistant football coach.

Belichick's longtime girlfriend, Linda Holliday, will be the foundation's executive director.

"My goal is to recognize, support and endow those with great potential who have a need for additional help and resources," Belichick said in the press release through the Patriots. "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 said Belichick in 2003 created a scholarship fund at Annapolis High for students who have improved or excelled academically while participating in athletics. The Bill Belichick Foundation will formally expand that mission to the New England region and beyond. A spokesperson for the foundation told Boston Business Journal that the goal is to distribute about $50,000 next year in scholarships and other forms of financial help.

As part of its launch, the foundation is raffling off a chance to win a meet-and-greet and luxury suite tickets to meet Belichick and watch the Patriots play the Buffalo Bills on Dec. 29 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

For more information visit: http://billbelichickfoundation.org/.


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