New England Patriots defensive superstar Jerod Mayo joined his teammates, Boston-area luminaries, sponsors, friends and fans Monday night for the third annual “Mayo Bowl” - a celebrity charity bowling tournament in Dedham at Kings in Legacy Place.
The celebrity bowling event raised more than $140,000 for Pitching in for Kids, Inc., a dynamic, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing specifically earmarked grants that will improve the lives of children across the New England region and Boston Medical Center who will provide consistently excellent and accessible health services to all in need of care regardless of status or ability to pay.
Mayo became involved with the organizations as a way to give back to the community that has supported him and his career as a celebrated linebacker in Foxborough with New England’s NFL franchise.
Quarterback Tom Brady and wife Gisele Bundchen were in attendance to show their support. The rest of the all-star lineup of celebrities who participated in the tournament included Mayo’s teammates Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, Vince Wilfork, Brandon Lloyd, Devin McCourty, Julian Edelman, Danny Aiken, Kyle Love, Logan Mankins, Nate Solder, Sebastian Vollmer, Rob Ninkovich, Patrick Chung, Brandon Spikes, Danny Woodhead, Stephen Gostkowski, Zoltan Mesko; and former Patriots Troy Brown and Kevin Faulk .
Also on hand were WZLX morning radio personalities Kevin Karlson and Pete McKenzie and The Phantom Gourmet’s Andelman Brothers.
Lloyd’s team took home the prize for best team score.
In a surprise ceremony, Mayo was announced as the 2012 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year. The award is given annually by the National Football League to one player for their volunteer and charity work and excellence on the field.
“New England is my home now,” said Mayo. “I am thrilled to be able to give back to the community through this fun and exciting event. It is my hope that we continue to grow this event each year – we want to help as many children and families as possible.”
"Pitching in for Kids is proud to work with Jerod Mayo and Blue Sky Sports & Entertainment," said a PIFK representative. “Jerod is a champion not only on the field, but also in the hearts of children across New England.”