New England Patriots special teamer Matthew Slater is one of the team’s most respected players, for his All-Pro play on it and his off-field demeanor and leadership off it. He does not lead the post-game huddle for nothing – but his off-field work does not stop in the locker room.
Slater is a fixture at social and community events across the greater Boston area. Next Tuesday will be another such event, when the 31-year old hosts his own charity, "Matthew vs. Matthew" at Patriot Place in Foxboro. He announced this during yesterday’s team press conference:
My wife and I will be hosting an event October 25, next Tuesday, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. It's called Matthew vs. Matthew and the idea behind this is, we have family in the Carolinas and living up here in the Boston area, we've met a lot of people that have ties to Haiti. Hurricane Matthew has obviously had a devastating effect on a lot of people so we wanted to do something that would provide some relief efforts for the people affected by this.
The event will take place at Patriot Place’s Splitsville (220 Patriot Place, Foxboro) and will raise money for "Samaritan’s Purse", an international relief organization that already works in the Carolinas and Haiti to help those affected by the hurricane. "Every penny" raised via the fundraiser will go directly to the organization.
Furthermore, there will be a raffle of items ranging from game tickets to signed equipment. Multiple members of the Patriots will join Slater and be available for photos. For more information please visit matthewvsmatthew.org – and join the Patriots’ team captain in helping the victims of Hurricane Matthew.