Remember the school kids who won the NFL's Fuel Up to Play 60 program? With their victory, they expected some actual New England Patriots to visit, and then were let down -- though, contrary to my original erroneous post, it was in no way the fault of the Patriots organization.
Well, the Patriots, out of the pure goodness of their hearts, decided to lift the spirits of those kids anyway. Bill Belichick, Dan Koppen(notes), the team mascot and a cheerleader visited Lebanon Middle School Wednesday, to the delight of the youngsters.
From the Norwich Bulletin:
“I kept telling him it isn’t our fault,” [Patriots director of media relations Stacy] James said. “But he looked at me and said, ‘Nobody cares about who is at fault, people just care about the kids.’”
[Patriots owner Bob] Kraft told James to set up an assembly at the school, including Belichick and other members of the Patriots organization.
Kraft also donated Patriots hats for every student. They will wear the hats today for a special Patriots Day at the school.
Mr. Kraft was right, of course: At the end of the day, what was important was that the boys and girls of Lebanon Middle School weren't disappointed, and I admire him for making it right, even though he wasn't the one who made it wrong. That's a great attitude.
You can see video of the Patriots good deed here.