Meet the match: Spencer and Owen

For the ninth consecutive year, New England’s World Champion Nose Tackle Vince Wilfork and The Safety Insurance 98.5 The Sports Hub New England Patriots Radio Network have teamed up with Mass Mentoring Partnership, to ensure that more young people are connected to caring adult mentors who will listen to them, stand by them and guide them. As a part of this initiative, Wilfork and 98.5 have extended invitations to mentor/mentee matches in the MMP network to attend a home game, and MMP chooses a match for each game based on the most compelling stories submitted. On game day, chosen matches are met by Bianca Wilfork and 98.5 The Sports Hub.

This is a highlight of a match that attended a home game this season.

Spencer Holmes, 13 and his mentor Owen Carr, matched through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central MA/Metrowest, were the latest lucky pair to attend a Patriots game through the Match of the Game program.

They've been matched for almost three years, and Owen realizes the impact that a caring adult can have on a young person's life.

"I've really enjoyed the activities that we do together," he says. "I also feel good about investing time - our most precious resource - rather than just money for this important cause. I have fond memories of the time that my father and I spent together at this age and the positive impact it had which has carried into my adult life."

The two enjoy a wide range of activities together: movies, bowling, attending sporting events, woodworking, home improvement projects, music, boating and aviation.