Patriots player Gronkowski gives $25,000 to kids' hospital

In this Feb. 4, 2018, photo, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) warms up before the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Minneapolis. Gronkowski has paid a visit to a hospital in Maine, where he made a donation and met with kids. Hospital chief operating officer Jeffrey Sanders said Tuesday, Feb. 13, the hospital is grateful and added, "Gronk will always be a champion" to people there. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Chris O'Meara

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has visited a hospital in Maine to make a donation and meet with kids.

Gronkowski, his father and two of his brothers delivered a $25,000 check to The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center.

Hospital chief operating officer Jeffrey Sanders said Tuesday the hospital is grateful and added, "Gronk will always be a champion" to people there.

The money was raised through two raffles by the Gronk Nation Youth Foundation, which is dedicated to inspiring young people to reach their maximum potential through sports, education, community and fitness. The raffles were for tickets to the AFC Championship game and the Super Bowl, which the Patriots lost to the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital, Hasbro Children's Hospital in Rhode Island and Boston Children's Hospital benefited from the raffles.

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