Quarterback legend Doug Flutie and New England’s Mazda dealers are teaming up to help fight autism. The team also has the support of Fox 25 TV News. Throughout this summer the partnership will be donating 2 iPADs to local families living with autism. The iPads will be donated to the towns visited by Fox 25 TV’s Zip Trips. In total, 30 families will benefit from the campaign. Mazda's participation is part of the Mazda Drive for Good campaign.
The iPAD program going on now is just a small part of the Flutie Foundations activities. A few years back board member Kevin Lane Keller established the funds to seed the The Allison Keller iPad Program. In 2012 the program provided local schools and families with $70,000 in technology assistance. In $2013 that funding jumped to over $100,000. To learn more about the Flutie Foundation please visit its website.
The Flutie family is no stranger to the challenges of autism. The foundation is actually not named after Doug Sr. (the professional athlete), but rather Doug Jr. who lives with the condition.
Doug Flutie is well known to any New Englander. Doug grew up, and lived most of his life in Natick. The family also has ties to Melbourne Florida (in classic Boston tradition). He was first recognized as an outstanding athlete in high school where he was all-American in not just football, but 3 sports. His “Hail-Mary” pass in college was what made him know nationally. At the time of that pass to Gerard Phelan of BC, Flutie had already clinched the Heisman Trophy. Apparently the voters knew something. Doug Flutie fulfilled any football fan's dream and was a quarterback for the New England Patriots in the 2006-2006 season. He left pro sports by completing a successful drop-kick to score for the Pats. The first, and last score of its type in the modern era of the NFL.