On Tuesday, the Kraft family announced on behalf of the Revolution and the Patriots that it would match up to $100,000 in donations to support the recovery of the victims of Monday's Boston Marathon bombing.
“We are grieving for the victims of this senseless act,” said Robert Kraft, owner of both the Patriots and Revolution, in a statement. “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."
Thirty-four members of the Patriots Charitable Foundation team participated in the marathon. The father of Nicole Reis, wife of Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis, was injured in the bombings. Reis's father-in-law remains in the hospital in critical condition.
"It was mayhem," said Revolution defender Chris Tierney, who was present for the attacks. "There were a bunch of us in the area enjoying the day. Some of us on the team actually ran into each other randomly on the streets. It was a tough day all around."
Tierney's girlfriend was also hospitalized as a result of the attacks. The Globe reported Wednesday that she is in stable condition.
The Revolution and the Patriots Charitable Foundations will collect donations online. Anyone who wants to make a donation can do so at revolutionsoccer.net/donate (in the field "Boston Marathon"). The Kraft family will match the first $100,000 donated.
"Our focus is on helping those in need and beginning the healing process," Kraft's statement concluded. "We hope by matching donations we will encourage more people to give.”
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