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Rob Gronkowski donates $70K to schools for female sporting equipment

Rob Gronkowski on Wednesday donated $70,000 to Boston Public Schools for much-needed funds directed to acquiring equipment for female sports programs.

Gronkowski took to Instagram to document the related ceremony.

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“Great event with the Boston Public Schools on this wonderful afternoon,” Gronk wrote in the post. “Donating big checks once again to support women’s sports programs today. Huge thanks to John Hancock for the Boston Marathon bibs to help raise the money. Whether you are good or great, The KEY is to participate. Get involved, stay involved!”

Footage of Gronkowski’s speech also made it to social media.

“We want to encourage girls to set ambitious goals. Your only limit is you,” Gronkowski told students Wednesday, per

The $70,000 check was issued on behalf of the Gronk Nation Youth Foundation.

“Support for athletics not only helps our students stay physically active and healthy, but it translates into enhanced social-emotional skills that can improve outcomes academically and in life,” said BPS Superintendent Tommy Chang. “Our students surely got a surge of encouragement from meeting Gronk today and we are grateful for the Foundation’s gracious donation.”

Gronkowski, who earlier this week restructured his contract with the New England Patriots, obviously has cultivated a reputation of being a party-hearty, maturity-stunted frat boy. But one needn’t look any further than his most recent donation — not to mention countless other charitable acts throughout his NFL career (here and here and here and here for example) — to realize that for Gronk, there’s much more than meets the eye.