The event, hosted by Patriots' Linebacker Jerod Mayo and his very pregnant wife Chantel, began as a fundraiser for pediatric research through the Boston Medical Center. Five years later, Mayo's cause has become an annual, fun-filled affair drawing in crowds and the support of fellow professional athletes.
At this year's event, Mayo and his wife were joined by a slew of New England Patriots players past and present. Amongst the many Patriots dignitaries were Vince Wilkfork, a clean-shaven Tom Brady and Tedy Bruschi. With the recent grey cloud of scandalous news plaguing the NFL, it was refreshing to see an upstanding lineup of professional football athletes show up to bowl, and raise money, for a great cause.
Held at an upscale bowling facility, the Mayo Bowl featured a Hollywood-inspired red carpet and a "step and repeat," where teammates stopped to pose for a few photos before attempting to tackle 10 pins on the wooden playing field.
Inside, the fun continued as pro athletes ate pizza, bantered with enthusiastic fans, bowled a few games and helped facilitate a live auction. Overall, the 5th Annual Mayo Bowl raised well over $330,000 for the Boston Medical Center. That's a huge strike for Mayo who has pledged to raise $1.2 million for the medical institution in the next few years.
Be sure to check out the slideshow below of this year's Mayo Bowl!
xo Kristin K.