FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution Charitable Foundation's hallmark annual charity event – Bowl for a Goal presented by Arbella Insurance (#BowlforaGoal) – will return for a fifth year on Wednesday, August 21 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. ET at Splitsville Luxury Lanes in Patriot Place.
Bowl for a Goal provides fans with the opportunity to spend an evening alongside Revolution players, coaches, on-air talent, and local celebrities. All profits from the evening benefit Special Olympics Massachusetts in its mission to provide year-round sports training and competition for individuals with intellectual disabilities. General admission tickets are now on sale for $35 and may be purchased online here using the promo code “BOWL”.
"Bowl for a Goal is one of the most special evenings of the year for me and the entire club, as we have the rare opportunity to bring the entire Revolution family together under one roof to celebrate a wonderful organization, Special Olympics Massachusetts,” said Revolution President Brian Bilello. "We are fortunate to have such great partners in Special Olympics and Arbella Insurance, without whose support this event would not be the success it has been for the previous four years. We look forward to another great night and a successful season ahead for the Unified team.”
The 2019 season also marks the fifth year of the Revolution’s Special Olympics Unified team, which sees more than a dozen athletes with and without intellectual disabilities sign contracts with the Revolution, interact and train with first-team players, and play in a pair of matches -- away against D.C. United on July 12, and home at Gillette Stadium against New York City FC on Sept. 29. The Unified team’s season kicked off on March 31 with an open clinic in Foxborough, followed by the team’s signing day at Gillette Stadium on May 6.
“Special Olympics Massachusetts along with the New England Revolution have made a tremendous impact on children and young adults with intellectual disabilities,” said Gayle O’Connell, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of the Arbella Insurance Group. “This is our fifth year supporting Bowl for a Goal and it’s incredible to see how much this event has grown. We’re thrilled to be able to continue our longstanding partnership.”
Emceed by 98.5 The Sports Hub's Rob 'Hardy' Poole (@Hardy985), the event will feature music and entertainment provided by Boston’s own DJ Roy Barboza (@DJRoyBarboza). For more than 15 years, DJ Roy Barboza has been entertaining area listeners with his eclectic blend of hip-hop, R&B, reggae, and many other styles. DJ Barboza is currently the Music Director at HOT 96.9 FM in Boston, and can be heard on HOT 96.9’s Morning Grind, Throwback Lunch, and Rush Hour, among other programs.
In addition to the live music entertainment, food, and drinks, Bowl for a Goal will also feature a silent auction and raffle with a wide range of experiences and exclusive memorabilia available, including the following:
- Signed Revolution jerseys from several chart-topping musical acts
- Boston sports memorabilia including signed Revs, Patriots, Red Sox, and Celtics jerseys
- One-of-a-kind experiences including game and concert ticket packages
Since the first Bowl for a Goal fundraiser in 2015, the Revolution have continually raised the bar with donations to Special Olympics Massachusetts exceeding $60,000 annually, including a record $80,000 from last year’s event. The partnership between two organizations extends far beyond the fundraising events, as they have again teamed up for a summer full of events aimed at promoting an environment of inclusivity and friendly competition through the power of sports.
"We are so excited to be celebrating the fifth year of Bowl for a Goal,” said Mary Beth McMahon, President and CEO of Special Olympics Massachusetts. “This event represents the best of the partnership between Special Olympics and the New England Revolution. It's unified, the community gets involved, it grows every year, and new partnerships are formed because of the incredible experience. I cannot thank the Revolution enough for all they have done, and continue to do in the name of inclusion.”
“Bowl for a Goal is doubly great for Special Olympics because our amazing partners at Arbella are the presenting sponsors,” McMahon added. “Arbella continues to go above and beyond to share our mission with their agents, clients, and employees. We can't wait to see all of our friends on August 21!”