Special Teams and Special Olympics, “All Kids Can”

Patriots Owner Robert Kraft talks with SOMA athlete Jay Nothnagle


With the mighty New England Patriots coming off a huge win on Monday Night Football versus the Miami Dolphins, in a game that saw the Patriots “Special Teams” have perhaps the greatest single-game performance in team history, we thought it would be appropriate to talk about our excitement over the Patriots’ “Special Teams” success, thanks to CVS Caremark “All Kids Can”.

First off, real quick, for the non-football folks out there, “Special Teams” is the often over-looked third phase of a football game. Everyone knows there are an offense and a defense. The “Special Teams” are the units on the team that participate in all elements of “kicking”, including kick-offs, kick returns, punts, punt returns, field goals, and extra points.

This season, thanks to a great partnership with CVS Caremark “All Kids Can” and the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, SOMA will be the recipient of CVS’ “Kicks For Kids” program. Every time that Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski kicks a successful field goal at home this season, SOMA will receive $1,500.

We at SOMA are psyched about this partnership for many reasons, but mostly because it “just fits”. Think about it…

  • CVS Caremark All Kids Can and SOMA are both committed to improving the health, overall quality of life, and community inclusiveness for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
  • The New England Patriots are interested in making Gillette Stadium the football hub of New England, providing access for all levels of football, including college, high school, Pop Warner, and Special Olympics Flag Football.
  • Stephen Gostkowski was a multi-sport star in college, excelling in baseball in addition to football. Similarly, many Special Olympics athletes in Massachusetts participate in more than one of the 27 year-round sports programs that SOMA offers.
  • “Special Teams” units are often the over-looked groups of a football team, and the players on these units are often not the “star” players. However, the New England Patriots have never over-looked “Special Teams”, and this aspect of the game has helped them become the premier football team of this millennium. Similarly, CVS Caremark and SOMA are organizations that advocate for individuals within society that are often overlooked, with the hope of bringing out all of their “star” qualities.

As you can see, there is a natural partnership between the three organizations. Kudos to CVS Caremark All Kids Can and the New England Patriots. Here’s to a season full of touchdowns, field goals, and victories!!

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