Obviously, I have professed my love for the Revs pretty deeply. Over the years, the team on the field has brought me to the highest highs and the lowest lows. I think the most important thing that has come from all this soccer is the supporter’s group that my father joined in the first year of its’ existence. The past 24 years for me have been far greater because I know all the people I have met through the Midnight Riders.
First and foremost, I have my wife and now our beautiful daughter. I met my wife as a kid of 16 years old and we dated for a small time. Both of our parents were Riders before us. We split up then and didn’t get back together until 2015. We married in 2017. If I didn’t know her, I wouldn’t know what it was like to have a significant other with similar loves and interests. I had women in my life that actually tried to keep me away from joining people at the bar to watch soccer. It’s the best part of being a fan! The camaraderie and joy of watching and talking to complete strangers who have the same love as you. And cheering and chanting with the same people.
I have had these type of people in my life for 24 years now. It’s crazy to think what my life would be like without them. I wouldn’t have met a lot of my long-time friends now. We’ve all grown up a large amount but we all keep in touch. I will never give them up. The Riders have always been the safest of spaces to just exist as a person. Just as now, we accept all into our hearts. “All are welcome” as the tifo our group created for Pride Night this year says. I can’t be more proud of what we do as people.
The most amazing thing our group manages is a crazy amount of philanthropic efforts. We have been making it a goal to donate to a cause from every area of New England before a season is through. We have been throwing a charity golf tournament for the past few years and this year it has decided on a charity which is near and dear to my heart. The golf tournament this year is going to the National Autism Foundation. As people may know or not know, my daughter Jett is diagnosed autistic. She is 2 1/2 and non-verbal now, as opposed to around 1 year old, she was just starting to say words and just stopped. I’m proud to be a part of this tournament this year and every year. I hope we break last years donation!
As it is nearing 3 in the morning, I should probably stop writing about this. I love the Midnight Riders and everything that they stand for. The group of people that I have come to know has made me a better person. If you’re feeling alone as a Revs fan, or just want to join other people in their deep love for the Revs. Definitely think about joining the Riders. All are welcome…I added a button to send you straight to the membership page to make it that easy! Oh! and I’ll make another button for you to join us for golf, if you like golf…if not, come for the dinner! There are raffle prizes and auction pieces including autographed Patriots memorabilia, a Charlie McAvoy signed puck, Andrew Benintendi signed Baseball and more. It will be fun. I promise!