Kraft Family Will Match $100,000 in Donations, and Other News

Jared Wickerham

The Kraft Family has pledged to match up to $100,000 in donations made to the victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy through their charitable foundation. In other news, the Revs announced an Autism Awareness match, a renewed partnership with NuRide, and a Coaching Development Night.

KRAFT FAMILY TO MATCH MARATHON DONATIONS

In an effort to gather support and help with victim recovery in the aftermath of the tragic Boston Bombings, the Kraft family has offered to match the first $100,000 of donations made to: The New England Patriots and New England Revolution Charitable Foundations.

Robert Kraft stated that "It is not lost on us that this tragedy occurred on Patriots Day, at an event where our own staff and their families were participating, and where thousands of runners were raising money for charities with which we are associated either through our Foundation, our alumni or our friends. Our focus is on helping those in need and beginning the healing process. We hope by matching donations we will encourage more people to give."

Many Patriots and Revolution staff members were present and participated in the marathon. Donations can be made to Patriots.com/donate and RevolutionSoccer.net/donate.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.

REVOLUTION TO HOLD AUTISM AWARENESS MATCH

The Revs, in support of Autism Awareness Month, will play against the Philadelphia Union on Saturday, April 27th, in its first Autism Awareness match in partnership with Autism Speaks. Advocate and champion Gianna Hitsos will be present to perform the national anthem along with a representative from Autism Speaks, who will act as an honorary Captain.

Autism Speaks will have tables at the event with information on the condition, advocacy efforts and will be taking donations as well.

PARTNERSHIP WITH NuRIDE

The Revolution have announced the renewal of their partnership with NuRide, the nation's largest rewards program for individuals willing to travel "greener." They will offer Revs-related rewards for those people who choose to reduce their carbon footprint.

Participants can earn $10 off a category 2 ticket to a Revs match as well as plenty of other benefits. More information of the program can be found at www.nuride.com.

COACHING DEVELOPMENT NIGHT

Finally, the Revs will offer a free coaching principles event to the nation's top youth soccer coaches. This presents an opportunity for networking, learning new skills/ideas and honing already-developed skills. The event will be attended by Revs' Head Coach Jay Heaps and his technical staff.

Coaches will be witnesses to the inside workings of an MLS coaching staff's day to day activities, along with feedback and commentary on the development and training of the Revolution Academy youth players.

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