Danny Amendola with Cathedral High School students at Gillette Stadium

New England Patriots’ wide receiver Danny Amendola and his Catches for Kids Foundation brought Cathedral High students to Gillette Stadium for an unforgettable experience.

New England Patriots’ wide receiver Danny Amendola and his Catches for Kids Foundation brought 120 students from Cathedral High School to the New England Patriots joint practice with the Philadelphia Eagles at Gillette Stadium Tuesday afternoon.

Cathedral High School students were among the thousands of Patriots fans to experience an inside glimpse of an afternoon practice that showcased the hard work and discipline of the ninety-man roster.

Following practice, Amendola spoke to the students about the importance of academics, perseverance and discipline in the achievement of success.

“Without an education, it is really difficult to get anywhere in life,” said Amendola. “I am just trying to do as much as I can to make sure that all of these kids get the opportunity to succeed and realize their dreams, because every kid deserves that – no matter where they come from or where they go to school.”

In three short weeks, Amendola and his Catches for Kids Foundation will transport the same students to the Walpole Walmart to receive backpacks full of back-to-school supplies and Walmart gift cards to shop for clothing and shoes to ensure that they have the basic items necessary to begin the school year.

Established in 2010, Danny Amendola’s Catches for Kids Foundation is on a mission to improve the lives of low-income children and families in need by providing opportunities, support and resources as well as daily support and life-changing experiences.

Cathedral High School’s students in grades seven through nine are currently participating in an August Institute for Learning to prepare for upcoming school year. The newly launched initiative engages students in project-based applied mathematics, problem solving, and summer reading.

Cathedral 7-12 High School is an urban, multicultural, independent, Catholic, college preparatory school in Boston’s historic South End serving boys and girls of all faiths from grades 7 through 12. A rigorous curriculum with AP and honors courses has achieved 100% high school graduation and 100% college acceptance for ten years straight. The school’s 260 students are served by a dedicated faculty at a 14:1 ratio to ensure each student receives the support he or she needs.

In 1926, Cathedral High was founded to educate the children of immigrants and first-generation Americans and for 88 years has continued to provide an exceptional education for students primarily living in the Boston neighborhoods of Roxbury, Hyde Park, Dorchester, and Mattapan.