“I need receivers! Not for the @buccaneers, my guys are pretty good… But I’m having a practice session and I want you and a friend to join me,” the 43-year-old Bucs quarterback wrote on Twitter.
In an accompanying video message, Brady laid out the details of a new drawing in which one lucky fan and a guest can win the opportunity to catch passes from Brady to help support Best Buddies.
“Hopefully one of you guys can find some time to come down to Florida, and we can run some routes together, I can throw you some passes, all while supporting one of my favorite causes,” Brady said.
Best Buddies, which Brady has had a longstanding relationship with dating back to 2003, is a global non-profit which serves more than 200 million people worldwide who are living with intellectual and developmental disabilities, or IDD, according to its official website.
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Known for his fiery competitiveness on the field, Brady even joked that he would “yell” at the lucky winners should they drop any of his passes during the upcoming session.
“I’m going to fly you and a friend down here to run through a practice session with me,” Brady added in the video. “We’ll throw the ball around. I’ll probably yell at you if you drop some, and then we can grab some lunch. But don’t worry, I’ll bring a few [Super Bowl] rings for you to try on as well. Maybe we can actually FaceTime Gronk [Bucs tight end Rob Gronkowski] around noon to wake him up.”
“You better bring some gloves, because I’m going to give you some real hard passes,” Brady concluded, with a smile.
Fans can learn more and sign up to win between now and June 16 at omaze.com/brady. The winners will be flown to Tampa and stay in a four-star hotel in addition to the throwing session with Brady in 2022, which gives Brady a chance of securing an eighth Super Bowl ring if the Bucs can repeat next season. The lunch will even be TB12 approved.
“The best part is every donation supports an incredible cause and incredible work of Best Buddies,” Brady said.
Best Buddies programs “empower the special abilities of people with IDD by helping them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills, and feel valued by society,” per the Best Buddies website.
Brady’s Partnership With Best Buddies Spans Nearly 20 Years
The new drawing the latest of many endeavors for Brady in support of Best Buddies over the past two decades. Brady and former New England Patriots teammates played football with Best Buddies participants at the annual Tom Brady Football Challenge in past years.
Best Buddies also recently created a specialty license plate with Brady on it in commemoration of leading the Bucs to a dominant 31-9 win in Super Bowl LV, collecting his seventh Super Bowl ring and fifth Super Bowl MVP award, per WPBF News’ Mark Kelly.
CEO Anthony K. Shriver said of the license plate, “It will raise awareness for our organization but also to generate a lot of ongoing annual cash flow and to try to rally people around the support and excitement around Tom Brady.”