Metro SWAT Officers Association is again teaming up with Gillette Stadium to benefit others. In 2013, following the Boston Marathon bombings, the MSOA reached out to Gillette Stadium with a request to host a 26-hour fitness challenge to raise money for the One Fund. The response from the first responder community was remarkable, as 34 teams answered the call, completed the fitness challenge and raised nearly $150,000 in the process. The proceeds were a portion of the nearly million dollars donated by the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation to the One Fund in 2013.
Building on the success of the 2013 event we decided to organize a fitness challenge that would be open to the public, with the proceeds being donated to worthy causes throughout New England by partnering with the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, Jack Williams' Wednesday's Child and the Special Olympics Massachusetts. This year the MSOA and Gillette Stadium will once again be hosting this overnight fitness challenge at Gillette Stadium, starting at 10:00p.m. on Saturday September 27th and finishing at 10:00a.m. on Sunday 28th. This year's event will not be restricted to first responders, but it will be limited to 100 teams, each team consisting of between 10 and 15 participants. Each team will be required to raise a minimum of $2500.00 in order to take part in the challenge. MSOA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
The charities selected by MSOA to benefit from the fitness challenge are:
New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, which supports programs that aid youth and family initiatives throughout New England.
Jack Williams' Wednesday’s Child, which is dedicated to finding adoptive homes for special needs children.
Special Olympics Massachusetts, which provides year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
As serving police officers we are constantly coming across children who, through no fault of their own, are neglected and abused, often deprived of the basic staples that the majority of us take for granted. With your help, and the dedication of the thousands of men and women who serve our communities we feel that we can make a difference in some of their lives.