McKenzie Quinn, a senior wide receiver on the Brockton High School football team, scored a history-making touchdown during her first varsity game. Playing in the third quarter against Dartmouth on October 7, 2022, Quinn made a four-yard dash into the end zone to score the first touchdown ever made by a female football player since the program was initiated in 1897.
Brockton crushed Dartmouth 50-7. The big win and the record-breaking score were not the only high points of the night. McKenzie also received a gift and a nice note from the New England Patriots and their team owner Robert Kraft.
When the team heard about Quinn’s big moment, they sent her a team football signed by their owner. The inscription said:
“To the Mighty Quinn, A pat in the back to you and all who contributed to your historic TD! We love to see that you are having a ball pursuing your passions. Continued success. The Patriots are rooting for you! “We are all Patriots” “
Brockton Public Schools sent an official thank-you via Twitter to Mr. Kraft for his gift and support for McKenzie and their team.
McKenzie Quinn and Robert Kraft share a love of sports and a desire to inspire others to reach for new heights. We have seen where Kraft’s love of sports took him. It will be interesting to see where Quinn is a few decades from now.
About McKenzie Quinn
The Massachusetts senior played lacrosse before switching to football. She changed sports when lacrosse became a contactless game, opting for a more challenging game. McKenzie considers herself more “gritty” than many girls. However, she hopes other girls will follow in her footsteps, and make their own inroads into new sports opportunities for females going forward now that she has opened the door. Off the field, Quinn maintains a 5.0 GPA, leading her senior class.
Brockton High School had a total of 3943 students registered during the 2021-2022 school year.
New England Patriots Team Owner Robert Kraft
Robert Kraft holds a varied portfolio as an American-based investor, philanthropist and entrepreneur. His holdings include the New England Patriots football organization, New England Revolution Soccer Team, Gillette Stadium and more than 100 venture and private-equity investments. He is also the founder, chairman and CEO of the Kraft Group, which includes a diverse mix of verticals.
Kraft has owned the Patriots since January 21, 1994. At the time he assumed leadership, he said he only had one vision: “My objective in buying the Patriots is to help bring a championship to New England.”
By any standards, most would say he has achieved his objective. The team holds six Lombardi Trophies, boasts the highest winning percentage in all of professional sports and has accomplished 10 Super Bowl appearances under Kraft’s ownership.
While sports have always played a vital part in his life, Mr. Kraft and his family have invested millions through the Kraft Family Foundation to lift up the vulnerable among us. As a founding partner of the REFORM Alliance, Kraft supports initiatives focused on driving social justice changes that reduce long-term incarcerations for minor infractions. He has also worked diligently to reduce antisemitism, prejudice and racism through community education and awareness programs facilitated by organizations such as the Foundation to Combat Antisemitism and the New Commonwealth Social Equity and Social Justice Fund.
During the coronavirus epidemic, the Kraft Family and the Patriots organization invested more than $20 million to help our nation navigate the journey. In partnership with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, the Kraft family secured more than 1.8 million respirator masks for essential workers in Rhode Island, New York and Massachusetts. During the same period, the foundation worked closely with the Massachusetts Military Support Foundation’s Food4Vets program. This partnership allowed 6.5 million meals to be delivered to vulnerable active military members, veterans and their families. Meal distribution was established in Gillette Stadium as well as accomplished by using Patriot trucks to deliver meals into neighborhoods throughout New England where veterans were more severely impacted by the virus.