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First-ever CVS Caremark All Kids Can Patriots Day Matches Youth with Disabilities and Patriots Alumni for Gridiron of Dreams at Gillette Stadium
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Expanding on its commitment to helping children with disabilities learn, play and succeed in life, CVS Caremark has teamed up with the New England Patriots to create the CVS Caremark All Kids Can Patriots Day at Gillette Stadium. An offshoot of CVS Caremark’s signature philanthropic “All Kids Can” program, the event will pair youth from the Hockomock YMCA Integration Program in North Attleboro, Mass., with Patriots Alumni Pete Brock, Roland James and Stephen Starring for a dream-fulfilling day of fun and learning on the field at Gillette Stadium. The young athletes participating in the CVS Caremark All Kids Can Patriots Day range in age from 6 to 22 and have varying physical and/or developmental disabilities. They hail from the towns of North Attleboro, Attleboro, Plainville, Mansfield, Sharon, Foxboro and Blackstone Valley.
The CVS Caremark All Kids Can Patriots Day will provide the young athletes from southeastern Mass. with an opportunity to launch their day in true Patriot style -- running through the Patriots inflatable helmet. In addition, they will participate in warm-up and stretching exercises with the Patriots Alumni, experience cone running drills, and receive hands-on instruction on blocking, kicking and throwing skills. Participants will also have a chance to secure autographs from, and take photographs with, the former Patriots players; enjoy lunch on the sidelines; take part in a visit to The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon; and receive a CVS Caremark All Kids Can duffle bag.
“It’s a thrill to partner with the New England Patriots -- a three-time Super Bowl champion -- on such an important initiative,” said Eileen Howard Dunn, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Community Relations for CVS Caremark Corporation. “The creation of the CVS Caremark All Kids Can Patriots Day was a joint endeavor and one that will expand the offerings of physical and learning activities for New England children with disabilities while simultaneously providing a once-in-a-lifetime experience for them at Gillette Stadium.”
Liz Costantini, Integration Coordinator of the Hockomock YMCA’s North Attleboro Branch, said, "The kids in the integration program are beside themselves with excitement in anticipation of the CVS Caremark All Kids Can Patriots Day! These kids -- who are constantly enduring occupational therapy and rehabilitation services and do not have the recreational opportunities that most kids have -- deserve this kind of day. What CVS Caremark and the Patriots have done to provide them with such a special day makes an enormous statement about their commitment to children with disabilities.”
The New England Patriots and the Kraft family are longtime supporters of the Hockomock Area YMCA. In 2006, the Krafts committed $1,000,000 to help fund the building of the Foxboro Branch of the Hockomock Area YMCA.
About the Integration Program at the North Attleboro Branch of the Hockomock YMCA
Launched in 2004 through a community-wide task group of special education professionals and parents of children with special needs, the Integration Program at the North Attleboro Branch of the Hockomock YMCA was designed to remove barriers for, and make the Hockomock YMCA accessible to, children with special needs. The program is facilitated by YMCA personnel and offers an integrative setting for children with special needs to learn from "typically developing" peer models; and focuses on teaching tolerance, acceptance, mentoring and respect for all children. The mission of the program is to provide an opportunity for children with special needs to participate in the YMCA’s community programs, including aquatics, gymnastics, pre-enrichment and sports. The youth attending the October 4 CVS Caremark All Kids Can Patriots Day are from the Hockomock YMCA’s flag football and other sports programs.