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SOUTHEASTERN VOCATIONAL STUDENTS LEND TIME AND TALENT TO MATT LIGHT’S CORNHOLE COMMOTION

Local Students Help Out Former Patriot Matt Light
Local Students Help Out Former Patriot Matt Light

For the second year in a row Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical School students are helping Matt Light make a commotion. Students in the cabinet-making and automotive detailing programs at the school are building and fashioning cornhole sets for the 11-year, New England Patriot left tackle. The custom Cornhole set will be featured in a silent auction at Cornhole Commotion on Saturday, June 14th at Gillette Stadium’s Dana Farber Field House. Cornhole Commotion is expected to break the Guinness World Record which currently stands at 288 players. In 2013 during its inaugural year, Light’s Cornhole Commotion tournament featured 256 participants.  

This year, event organizers expect more than 150 teams and 300 players.  Cornhole enthusiasts and families are invited to come observe the record-breaking fete and enjoy great food, drinks and fun activities/entertainment. The kids will have a blast withy the NFL Experience inflatables, GameStop, Launch Trampoline Park, King Richard’s Faire, the dunk tank, face-painting, the Hockomock Area YMCA and others. Adults will love the Taste of Patriot Place food concourse, 21+ Cornhole Cantina, music and more. Southeastern students and teachers from the culinary and creative arts programs will also be on hand at Cornhole commotion to help in the food concourse and face-paint in the KidZone.

The 2nd Annual Cornhole Commotion celebration will run from 12:00p.m.-7:00p.m. at Gillette Stadium’s Dana Farber Field House with the final four teams competing outdoors on sacred grounds – the Patriots’ practice field.  

Matt Light, an Ohio native, graduate of Purdue University and die-hard Cornhole fan created this one-of-a-kind summer kick-off event to promote the game of Cornhole locally while benefiting The Light Foundation and its focus on youth empowerment.  Cornhole enthusiasts and tournament experts report that Light has raised the profile of Cornhole in the Northeast.

Cornhole is similar to horseshoes. Players take turns pitching small weighted bags onto wooden platforms with a hole, rather than using horseshoes and metal stakes. Typically played tournament style with a goal of 21 points, a contestant earns three points for throwing a “corn” bag in the “hole” and one point for landing a bag on the board. The game can be played anywhere - but only Cornhole Commotion will take place where the NE Patriots practice.

Cornhole Commotion will feature more than 150 teams consisting of two players each– novices and die-hards in addition to local celebrities, corporate sponsors and a large crowd of observers make this a day to remember. Teams will square off on 48 courses in the Dana Farber Field House for a double-elimination tournament. Four Cornhole Commotion finalists will then move outdoors to the adjacent practice field area. The winning Cornhole Commotion team will walk away with a $1,000 cash prize and bragging rights. The three other finalists will receive $800, $500 and $200.

Registration is underway for Cornhole Commotion at www.mattlight72.com. Current sponsors include Ruger, 12 Points Wealth, The Hockomock Area YMCA, Cardi’s Furniture, Bud Light.

About the Light Foundation:

The Light Foundation was established in 2001 by 3-Time Super Bowl Champion and 3-Time Pro-Bowler Matt Light.  Matt was drafted in 2000 out of Purdue University and became the anchor for the Patriots Offensive Line.  The Light Foundation strives to instill and augment the values of responsibility, accountability and hard work by providing youth with unique outdoor learning experiences that assist them in reaching their highest potential. Its goal is to lead young people down a path to becoming responsible members of their communities who are capable of passing on the torch of leadership and achievement to their friends and families.  Matt Light received the third New England Patriots Ron Burton Community Service Award in 2005, and in 2008 was presented the President's Volunteer Service Award for his outstanding work in the community.  Since its inception in 2001, the Light Foundation has raised nearly $4 million for various programs and initiatives.  For more information, visit www.mattlight72.com

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