Robert Kraft and the New England Patriots Gave ALS Activist Pete Frates One Hell of a 30th Birthday Party (Pics + Video)

robert kraft and new england patriots peter frates birthday party

Remember when you dumped a bucket of ice cold water on your head this summer? Well, the reason you did that (aside from peer pressure) was to raise awareness and money for ALS research. And the whole thing was started by a guy named Pete Frates.

Pete is a former Boston College baseball player who was diagnosed with ALS in 2012. He didn’t invent the ice bucket challenge. Believe it or not, people were dumping buckets of ice cold water on themselves in the name of charity as far back as 2013. However, it wasn’t until Frates challenged some friends of his—and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady—to take the plunge that the ice bucket challenge became the viral phenomenon that dominated your social media feeds for six weeks this past summer—and generated a reported $50 million spike in research funding.

So even though he didn’t “invent” the ice bucket challenge, Pete Frates made a big impact on 2014. And on Sunday, the New England Patriots helped the married father celebrate his 30th birthday in style.

Frates was the special guest of team owner Robert Kraft at Gillette Stadium. He and his wife got to take pictures with the Pats’ Vince Lombardi Trophies and Kraft. Then, at halftime, Robert Kraft had the entire stadium sing happy birthday to Frates.

Take a look:

Obviously, it was pretty weird that Robert Kraft leaned in and appeared to kiss Peter Frates on the chest. But the whole thing was still pretty special, and Frates definitely appreciated the love.

Good job, Patriots.

Hat Tip – [NESN]

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