FOXBORO (CBS) – The New England Patriots held their annual kickoff dinner at the newly refurbished Putnam Clubhouse at Gillette Stadium Tuesday night.
Linebacker and defensive captain Jerod Mayo was recognized as the 2011 New England Patriots Ron Burton Community Service Award Winner.
Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft presented Mayo with the award, which is named in honor of the late Ron Burton, the first player drafted by the team who, through his widespread charitable work, was a model for how a Patriots player can make an impact in the community.
“In his three short years in New England, Jerod has made large contributions both on and off the field,” said Kraft. “Both in uniform and and as an active volunteer in the community, he has done everything asked of him and more. He continually makes us proud to have drafted him in 2008. He is a most deserving recipient of the Ron Burton Award.”
In 2010, Mayo launched The Mayo Bowl, an annual celebrity bowling event to raise funds for Pitching in for Kids, a charity that provides earmarked grants to improve the lives of children in New England. He has also been actively involved in Patriots Kids Cafes, which provide hot meals for youth who may not receive them at home, and has participated in the Patriots annual Children’s Holiday Party. Last season, Mayo made several visits to local hospitals as part of the Patriots’ “Kick Cancer” initiative.
Ron Burton is the late father of WBZ-TV’s Steve and Paul Burton.