Imagine stepping out of the field of your neighborhood flag soccer game, dripping with weekend warrior sweat, and there the owner of the New England Patriots stands.
Naturally, you might be curious as to why Robert Kraft – a man said to have a net worth north of $ 8 billion – is, you know, there. Just hang out.
Was Kraft watching a relative or close friend play? Was he nearby and just walked around? Did his driver get lost?
No, it turns out Kraft was just there to support a gay Massachusetts flag football team.
There was no press release. No attention drawing needed. Just your average billionaire NFL franchise owner supporting a gay flag football team and a large local charity.
As a member of the flag football team, Alex Reimer of Outsports.com, noted in his blog on the event, Kraft just popped in to watch the action – a day before the Patriots faced the New York Jets on the road.
What’s the problem, you ask? Well that’s a sign that Kraft isn’t just supporting the group – FLAG Flag Football Boston – with financial support. He also comes to see them play. It’s a personal touch that money can’t buy.
There was also a charity component at the weekend. The flag football team helped raise donations of 25,000 items for Hope and comfort, a local charity that helps tackle hygiene insecurity for young people and needy families in the region. The Patriots helped support the cause, and the owner was there for it.
Kudos to Kraft, who has been a huge supporter of the LGBTQ community for years (even before it got popular) and who seems to go beyond just writing checks and cutting a ribbon.
It’s the kind of outreach we’d like to see more of in the NFL community, and Kraft’s extraordinary effort shows that even the richest people in the world can give a donation that’s even more valuable than the donations.