HYANNIS, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady got cheers and some “free Tom Brady” chants at the 16th annual Best Buddies Challenge on Cape Cod on Saturday, but he didn’t have any comments for reporters.
The New England Patriots quarterback rode on a half-mile cycling criterium with Chris Harrington, a local man with Down syndrome, and threw footballs to fans at a clambake. Brady was joined by former Patriots teammates Dan Koppen and Scott Zolak.
Brady is honorary co-chairman for Best Buddies International, a nonprofit dedicated to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He attended a charity touch football game Friday night at Harvard Stadium to benefit the organization and also skipped his usual practice of speaking with reporters at the event.
Brady is appealing a four-game NFL suspension after the league found he was “generally aware” the Patriots deliberately deflated footballs during last season’s AFC Championship game. A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press Brady’s hearing will be June 23.
More than 2,000 people took part in Saturday’s challenge, which organizers hope will raise over $5 million.
Cyclists gathered in the morning at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston for the 100-mile ride to Hyannis Port.
Comedian Dane Cook and actor Michael Chiklis were among those taking part in an alternative 20-mile course. A 50-mile route originating in Carver was also an option for riders. “Glee” television star Lauren Potter, a Best Buddies global ambassador, also led the event’s 5k run or walk in Craigville.
Robin Gotshall and her husband, Dave, of Pelham, New Hampshire, were the first riders to cross the 20-mile finish line, taking a little over an hour on a tandem bicycle. Gotshall is captain of a 40-rider team representing the Boston law firm Seyfarth Shaw. The team rides for Ian Pfeffer, a developmentally disabled co-worker.
“It’s a very important cause for us,” Gotshall said.