Tom Brady Stepping Down As Best Buddies Honorary Co-Chair

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has announced he will be stepping down as honorary co-chair of the Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port.

The annual event benefits Best Buddies International, an organization dedicated to providing inclusive opportunities for individuals with special needs.

Brady had served as honorary co-chair of the Hyannis Port event since 2003.

"This organization has become a part of my life," Brady said in a press release. "I love meeting the inspiring buddies at events, seeing their smiles, and hearing them talk about how Best Buddies has changed their lives for the better by helping them make friends at school and find meaningful jobs in their local communities."

While Brady is stepping down from the honorary co-chair role, he will be assuming a new one in the organization as a global ambassador.

"We are forever thankful for Tom’s commitment to our cause and mission-driven initiatives," said Anthony Shriver, the organization's founder, chairman, and CEO. "Since 2003, Tom has proven himself to be a relentless and committed advocate for individuals with disabilities, always going above and beyond the call of duty to help promote a world of inclusion and opportunity for this population. We look forward to seeing all of the phenomenal things he will help us accomplish as a Global Ambassador."

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman and Celtics forward Jayson Tatum will serve as new co-chairs of the event, alongside celebrity chef Guy Fieri and Massachusetts Congressman Joseph Kennedy III.

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