Peasley becomes 'Best Buddies' with Patriots quarterback BradyThomaston man also meets Patriot Edelman a few days before Christmas
Boston, Mass. — Troy Peasley of Thomaston is an avid sports fan and involved with many aspects of that genre, including giving of his time and money for worthy causes, many of which involve aiding children.
And for his efforts on one front, the local man received a neat Christmas present — namely, a chance to meet New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
Peasley, a 19-year member of the Rockland Police Department — he is known affectionately as this generation's 'Walkie Chalkie' as he walks around the city marking parked car tires with chalk and writing tickets — enjoyed a meet-and-greet with Brady on Monday, Dec. 23 at Fenway Park.
Peasley joined Team Tom Brady to raise money for "Best Buddies," which helps intellectually and physically challenged youth, similar to Special Olympics. Peasley has been involved with Special Olympics for years, including participating in the Law Enforcement Torch Run.
Peasley, 44, and his wife, Susie, 46, met Patriot players Brady and Julian Edelman on Monday, Dec. 23 at the EMC Club at Fenway Park.
Brady and Edelman gave speeches and then the Peasleys, and others, met, chatted with and got photos taken with the Patriot standouts.
"I was surprised at how short Edelman [5 feet 10 inches, 200 pounds) was and how tall Brady [6-5, 225 pounds] was," Peasley said, "but Edelman was all muscle. Both men were very friendly and thanked us for coming."
Since 2000, Tom Brady has raised money for Best Buddies of Massachusetts.
Each year between 50-100 people can join Team Tom Brady by committing to a fundraising goal and participating in the Best Buddies Challenge. Each year Team Tom Brady fills up quickly and to kick off the fundraising event there is a meet and greet with Brady.
"A few days before the meet and greet I was sent an email with all the details telling me I could 'give the gift of Tom Brady this Christmas' and bring one guest with me," Peasley said. "There were no cell phones, cameras or memorabilia allowed at the event, and professional photographers would take the photos. It was held at Fenway Park and everyone could have their photo taken with the 2013, 2007 and 2004 World Series trophies."
Once Peasley fulfills his fundraising goal he receives an autographed Brady football in the mail. If one sets larger fundraising goals one can get an autographed jersey. If one raises $5,000 or $10,000 one can play flag football with Brady.
On Friday, May 30, team members can attend a flag football game at Harvard Stadium with Brady and members of the Patriots. Children from Best Buddies also participate. After the game, chef Guy Fieri will host a tailgate party for Team Tom Brady. The public can purchease tickets to watch the football game.
On Saturday, May 31, team members can either participate in a 5-kilometer run, or a 20-mile or 100-mile bike ride. All events end in Hyannis Port and there is a private lobster bake and concert at the Kennedy estate.
Peasley is no stranger to supporting worthy causes. In fact, this will be his ninth year involved with Special Olympics as the Law Enforcement Torch Run representative. In June he will run the final leg of the USA torch run to kick off the 2014 USA Special Olympic Summer Games in Princeton, N.J. One law enforcement officer from each state runs in the final leg.
In 2007, Peasley ran the final leg at the World Summer Games in China. Additionally, he attended the International Law Enforcement Torch Run Conferences in Calgary Alberta, Canada in 2010 and in Indianapolis, Ind. in 2011.
Since 2011 Peasley also has been a member of Camden resident Reade Brower's Go! Malawi Running Team in which Peasley has raised more than $4,500 for orphans in Malawi, Africa.
Peasley said people can join other Team Tom Brady teams and participate in the fundraising event by going to the websites below.