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Rob Gronkowski delivers $25K checks to three children’s hospitals (pics)

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski on Tuesday paid a visit to three children’s hospitals to present checks totaling $75,000 in donations.

The three hospitals that received the checks — courtesy of the efforts by the Patriots star’s Gronk Nation Youth Foundation — were The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center, Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Rhode Island and Boston Children’s Hospital.

The sources of the funds came from two raffles organized by Gronkowski’s foundation with the prizes being tickets to the AFC Championship Game and Super Bowl LII. Each donation came in the form of $25,000 checks that were personally presented by Gronkowski, his father and two brothers.

Gronkowski justifiably was praised for his charitable efforts, which, despite his cultivating a reputation of being a glorified frat boy, have become commonplace throughout his career with the Patriots.

The Gronkowski family has been fabulous for years,” said Michael Bornhorst, associate vice president of Corporate Development and Special Events at Boston Children’s Hospital, via the Boston Herald. “Rob spends a lot of time at the hospital and makes great connections with the patients. He’s just a big kid at heart and has a great time when he’s here.

“… He’s a busy guy, and for him to take the time to visit the hospital today — we’ve got to give him and his brothers credit for all they do. They bring a lot of joy to the hospital.”

Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center Chief Operating Officer Jeffrey Sanders said, “Gronk will always be a champion to us.”

Gronkowski, following the Patriots’ loss in Super Bowl LII, hinted that he may contemplate retirement during this offseason. While there has been no indication retirement will come to fruition, there is no doubt Gronkowski will always be a revered figure in New England sports, not only for his exploits on the gridiron but also for his committed service to the community off of it.