Mater Dei Prep Receives Grant From The Bill Belichick Foundation
Seraphs Lacrosse Programs Receive Grant From The Bill Belichick Foundation
On Tuesday, January 9, 2018, Mater Dei Prep’s recently formed boys’ and girls’ lacrosse programs were honored to receive a $10,000 grant from The Bill Belichick Foundation. Mater Dei Prep was one out of twenty-two schools across the country chosen to receive the generous grant.
The Bill Belichick Foundation was established in 2013 to provide coaching, mentorship and financial support to individuals, communities and organizations. Focusing on football and lacrosse, its mission is to bring the values of the Belichick family - a love of sports, coaching and team building - to the athletic leaders of tomorrow. Throughout his career, Coach Belichick has been active in a wide array of charitable endeavors in New England, New York, Cleveland, New Jersey, and beyond. The Bill Belichick Foundation has distributed over $1 million since its inception.
Bill Belichick, head coach of the New England Patriots, is in his 43rd season as an NFL coach and is the only head coach in NFL history to win three Super Bowl championships in a four-year span. In 2014, he won his fourth Super Bowl, tying Pittsburgh’s Chuck Noll for most wins by a head coach, and placing him in an elite group of only five head coaches with four or more titles in NFL history.
"It may shock a large number of people that arguably the greatest football coach of all time is such an avid supporter of lacrosse. The Bill Belichick Foundation has been a blessing to so many lacrosse programs across the country and we are honored and thankful to have been chosen this year," said Lance Bennett, the Athletic Director at Mater Dei Prep.
The inaugural season for the Seraphs lacrosse programs was in the spring of 2017. Mater Dei Prep fielded a junior varsity team for both the boys’ and girls’. As both programs continue to grow, Mater Dei Prep is proud to announce that both the girls’ and boys’ lacrosse programs will be competing at the varsity level for the 2018 season.
Andy Eastwood, the boys’ head lacrosse coach and Director of Lacrosse Operations at Mater Dei Prep is extremely grateful for the support from the Bill Belichick Foundation. “I am humbled by the generosity of the Bill Belichick Foundation and extremely excited for the future of both lacrosse programs. I would like to thank the foundation for their gracious donation to our Seraph athletes. Your love for lacrosse and your commitment to grow the game will help us establish a strong foundation as we embark on our first girls’ and boys’ varsity lacrosse seasons”
For more information about Mater Dei Prep and the Seraphs lacrosse programs, please call 732.671.9100 or visit materdeiprep.org.