As the play-by-play voice of the New England Patriots, I've called four Super Bowls, including three titles. I've also covered several Boston Marathons, broadcasting from the photo bridge overlooking the finish line.
But on April 20, rather than watching from my old radio perch, I am determined to join the thousands of runners striding down Boylston Street to complete the 124th Boston Marathon. It will be my first marathon, and I will be taking those steps for the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism.
Inspiring me every mile along the way from Hopkinton to Copley Square will be my son, Gio. As I wrote last spring (https://bobsocci.com/2019/04/02/autism-awareness/), Gio is on the autism spectrum. He also happens to be the best boy this dad could ever wish for.
Our family is incredibly blessed, thanks in great part to difference makers dedicated to helping others with intellectual and developmental challenges flourish.
Like Doug and Laurie Flutie. Raising a son, Dougie Jr., on the autism spectrum inspired them to help others. For two decades, the Flutie Foundation has distributed over $14 million to schools and organizations for clinical therapies, respite services, recreational programs, social skills training andjob support for people affected by autism.
The Flutie Foundation also provides education technology tools, adaptive camp scholarships, safety equipment, and direct family support through its special programs. The Flutie Foundation’s newest initiative, Flutie Spectrum Enterprises, will help create businesses to employ adults with autism.
Please take time to learn more at www.flutiefoundation.org and help me reach my goal of raising $10,000. Any(!) contribution will not only be greatly appreciated; it will help the Flutie Foundation continue its great work.
The Flutie Foundation is proud to participate in the Boston Athletic Association’s Official Charity Program.