The Patriots and Bill Belichick announced the launch of the Bill Belichick Foundation on Wednesday. As described by the team in a release, the foundation is "a nonprofit organization created to provide coaching, mentorship, and financial assistance to individuals, communities and organizations with a focus on the sports of football and lacrosse."
The foundation's statement explained that Belichick learned a great deal about loyalty, discipline and commitment from his father, Steve, who was a football coach and scout at various spots, including the Naval Academy. The Bill Belichick Foundation appears as though it will be another way for Belichick to live out those ideals in the community.
“My goal is to recognize, support and endow those with great potential who have a need for additional help and resources,” Belichick said in a statement. “Mentorship has been ingrained in our family and we take a team approach to just about everything we do. We have been helped by so many people and we look forward to helping others however we can by relating our experiences and life lessons through a variety of athletic programs and services.”
As part of its launch, the foundation and Celebrities for Charity will raffle off a chance to win luxury suite tickets for New England's Week 17 game with the Bills. The winner will be hosted by the Foundation’s Executive Director -- and Belichick's longtime girlfriend -- Linda Holliday and will get the opportunity to meet Belichick. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the foundation.