NFL superstar Rob Gronkowski’s foundation is donating $1.2 million to help restore playgrounds across Boston. The funds will be used to help renovate the Charlesbank Playground on the city’s Charles River Esplanade.
Gronkowski, 31, made the donation through his organization, the Gronk Nation Youth Foundation. The organization works to promote healthy fitness among youth through sports, education, and fitness.
In a news conference, Gronkowski said, “The concept of this playground will be to motivate kids to be outdoors, get fit and have fun. I hope this playground inspires the next generation of athletes.”
According to Michael Nichols, the executive director of the Esplanade Association, the donation is one of the largest private gifts ever given to a state park in the state of Massachusetts.
Nichols said the new playground will be “a significant and lasting gift to the next generation of children in Boston.”
Gronkowski spent nine years playing the New England Patriots, helping lead the team to three Super Bowls.
“No matter where I go, or where I live, I will always have a special connection to New England and the people who live here,” Gronkowski said. “The Patriots taught me the importance of giving back the very first day I stepped into that organization.”
The Esplanade Association plans to use the funds to update the playground’s climbing structures, slides and swings.
Gronkowski said, “I’m humbled and honored to have the opportunity to be part of this amazing community and give back in this way for generations to come.”