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Rob Gronkowski Uses Payday To Keep Kids Off Drugs
- Updated: July 4, 2012
Say what you want about Rob Gronkowski’s extracurricular activities, when it comes down to charity work, he always puts his money where his mouth is.
Gronk got a huge payday pretty recently, after signing a brand-new, six-season deal with the Patriots that made him the highest-paid tight end in the NFL. While the entire Boston media (NESJ included) joked around about what Gronk should buy with his paycheck, somehow we all failed to add his latest charitable contribution to the list.
The Gronk Nation Youth Foundation and G&G Fitness (owned and operated by Rob’s dad, Gordy Gronkowski), in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the New York-New Jersey High Intensity Drug Area program and the Buffalo Bills Youth Foundation have partnered up to furnish a New York treatment facility with $30,000 in workout equipment.
According to Dan Herbeck of The Buffalo News, the $30,000 will re-outfit the gym at the Renaissance Campus, a West Seneca treatment facility in Buffalo, near where Rob grew up. The gym will featur Gronk’s #87 jersey displayed on its walls.
Rob Gronkowski is no stranger to giving back: he most recently helped host former Patriots lineman Joe Andruzzi’s annual charity golf tournament and shaved his head to benefit cancer research at another charity event earlier this summer. Despite Gronk’s diverse range of contributions, making sure that kids stay away from drugs in his hometown is close to his heart, “when you’re growing up, you need to stay around people who are headed in the right direction and stay away from people who will take you in the wrong direction,” Gronkowski said. “I’m very proud to be involved with [Renaissance Campus], where we can help kids do the right thing by staying away from the wrong things.”
On a side note–for those NESJ readers who are hoping for some unclothed Rob Gronkowski pictures, I have some good news for you! Rob will be featured in ESPN Magazine’s annual body issue…presumably shirtless. The issue will hit newsstands July 13th.