Annual Andruzzi golf event being held today


Annual Andruzzi golf event being held today

By Tom E. Curran

The golf swings won't be very pretty Monday at TPC Norton, but their aim will be true. That aim?Raisingmoney to help cancer-stricken individuals and their families battle the disease. The Third Annual Joe Andruzzi and Friends Golf Tournamentjust keeps getting bigger and better according to the former Patriots lineman. "This year, we're sold out with golfers," said Andruzzi. "People love what we're about and what we're doing."It's hard not to.As Andruzzi explains,funds raisedby the Joe Andruzzi Foundation help pay for "some of the back-end things people forget about" when it comes to battling the disease. "We'vehelped people pay mortgages, helped them pay rent. We've helped some people, sadly, with funeral costs. Cancer isn't getting any cheaper. There are so many things out there (that turn into major medical expenses). We help pay things people don't realize they may encounter - travel and hotels. about. As a foundation, we're geared to give financial assistance to families that are struggling."Some of the current and ex-Patriots expected to play Monday are Jermaine Cunningham, Tully Banta-Cain, Logan Mankins, DaneFletcher and Rob Ninkovich. Strength coach Harold Nash, and ex-Pats Christian Fauriaand Peter Brock are also in the mix along with several others. Andruzzi's golf tournament is just one of several events his foundation runs each year. For information on the rest of his events and the good work of he and his wife, Jen, visit the Joe Andruzzi Foundation website.
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Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivered a video message last week at the funeral of Navy SEAL Kyle Milliken, a Maine native and former UConn track athlete killed in Somalia on May 5.

Bill Speros of The Boston Herald, in a column this Memorial Day weekend, wrote about Milliken and Brady's message.   

Milliken ran track at Cheverus High School in Falmouth, Maine, and at UConn, where he graduated in 2001. Milliken lived in Virginia Beach, Va., with his wife, Erin, and two children.  He other Navy SEALs participated in a training exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011 where he met and posed for pictures with Brady.

Speros wrote that at Milliken’s funeral in Virginia Beach, Va., Brady's video offered condolences and thanked Milliken’s family for its sacrifice and spoke of how Milliken was considered a “glue guy” by UConn track coach Greg Roy.

Milliken had served in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning four Bronze Star Medals and was based in Virginia since 2004.  He was killed in a nighttime firefight with Al-Shabaab militants near Barij, about 40 miles from the Somali capital of Mogadishu. He was 38.

The Pentagon said Milliken was the first American serviceman killed in combat in Somalia since the "Black Hawk Down" battle that killed 18 Americans in 1993. 

In a statement to the Herald, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said: “It was an honor to host Kyle and his team for an exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011. It gave new meaning to the stadium being known as home of the Patriots. We were deeply saddened to hear of Kyle’s death earlier this month.

“As Memorial Day weekend approaches, we are reminded of the sacrifices made by patriots like Kyle and so many others who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend and protect our rights as Americans. Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt appreciation are extended to the Milliken family and the many families who will be remembering lives lost this Memorial Day weekend.”