Atlantic Subaru Donates $30K to Matt Light Foundation

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BOURNE – A former New England Patriot and a local car dealership have combined forces for a good cause.  

Atlantic Subaru presented a $30,000 check, made out to the Light Foundation, to former Pats lineman Matt Light on Wednesday in the main lobby of its Bourne location.  

The Light Foundation was Atlantic Subaru’s hometown charity choice for the eleventh annual Subaru Share the Love Event.

“First of all, I always say, ‘it takes an army to do anything worthwhile,’” Light said.  

“I’ve got an awesome team at the foundation, but the great part is that I’m more of a New Englander than I am a mid-westerner at this point, and the Share the Love campaign and what Subaru has done and the impact that it will make on our foundation is critical because we’ve gone from an organization that was two or three events a year, a little bit of programming, and trying to figure out who we were to now having over 800 kids come through our facility through year.”

The Light Foundation has been operating in New England for 15 years, working with troubled youth through unique activities and experiences to help them lead a better life.

The organization provides youth with “unique outdoor learning experiences that assist them in reaching their highest potential. Its goal is to lead young people down a path to becoming responsible members of their communities who are capable of passing on the torch of leadership and achievement to their friends and families,” according to the foundation’s website,

Some of those unique events include outdoor programs from turkey hunts and hiking to football camps and fundraising efforts, like the Bruins Alumni Game.

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Through the event, Atlantic Subaru had the opportunity to select a charity operating in their community to add to the list of organizations that new Subaru owners could select from to receive the $250 donation from Subaru of America, Inc.

“We’re going to put this money to great use. Working with those kids we do a lot of unique and outdoor-based programming, but the truth is at the end of the day it’s just about spending time with young people,” Light explained.

“We do that through a variety of different programs, events, and cool approaches to show kids the right way to approach things and hopefully put down a little of the electronics and have a little bit more fun in the great outdoors.”

Light is no stranger to Cape Cod and the south coast, living in the Bay State since he was drafted by the Patriots in 2001. The Matt Light Foundation has been operating in cities and towns across Massachusetts for 15 years.

“We’ve got kids right now from Fall River who are unbelievable. I’ve worked in the New Bedford – Fall River community for quite some time. We do our Steak & Burger Night with the Boys & Girls Club, I want to say I’ve been a part of that for 15 or 18 years now,” Light said.

The three-time Super Bowl champion also went on to give his take on the Patriots will fare in the upcoming NFL season.

“It’s amazing, but unfortunately for all of those other teams, they don’t have a Belichick or a Brady. Their approach is pretty much proven and these guys don’t get to practice like they used to, the game is different,” said Light.

“So, when they don’t get to practice as much and you don’t have the coaching and the certain player and personnel that they have it’s a serious disadvantage for everyone else in the league. So, I think they’re going to do pretty well.”

By TIM DUNN, News Center 

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