Black History Month Writing Contest

The Patriots Hall of Fame Black History Month Writing Contest is now open for participation. This year’s essay focuses on the impact that local organizations and initiatives have had on the fight to end systemic racism.

In June 2020, the Kraft family announced the creation of the Kraft Family/Patriots Player Collaborative Fund, which distributes $100,000 per month for 10 months to local organizations fighting for equity, working to end systemic racism and creating meaningful change in the community. The recipients are chosen by the Kraft family in collaboration with Patriots players.

Similarly, beginning in 2018, Patriots players formed the New England Patriots Players Social Justice Fund which is renewed and funded annually by players, with The Kraft Family contributing $250,000 annually. Since the fund was formed, more than $900,000 has been donated to local organizations, initiatives, and members of our community.

Choose an organization selected by the Kraft Family/Patriots Player Collaborative Fund, the New England Patriots Player Social Justice Fund, or one of the initiatives acted upon for the year 2020 and discuss how the organization or initiative fit the criteria listed above and why you think their work is important or impactful for the community. Organizations and Initiatives can be found below or HERE.

Kraft Family/Patriots Player Collaborative Fund

June: Boston Uncornered

July: Greater Boston Legal Services

August: Tech Goes Home

September: Louis D. Brown Peace Institute

October: Rian Immigrant Center

November: Amos House

December – March: To Be Announced

New England Patriots Player Social Justice Fund

New Commonwealth Fund

Lovin’ Spoonfuls

Posse Foundation

Black Economic Council of MA (BECMA)

Rosie’s Place

Rahsaan Hall at ACLU


The ELISHA Project

Other Organizations

Empowerment Plan

Casa Myrna

Crossroads for Kids

Silver Mentor Lining

More than Words

Jane Doe

Boston Legal Services

Christopher’s Haven

Operation Exit

Girls Inc.

Strong Women Strong Girls

Pine Street Inn

All submissions will be reviewed and winners will be selected following the close of the contest period. Prizes will include a signed player photo, two (2) tickets to The Hall, and winning essays/drawings will be displayed in The Hall.

For full information on the contest, click here.