BOSTON (WHDH) - BOSTON (WHDH) – Tom Brady’s annual football game at Harvard Stadium kicked off the Best Buddies Challenge weekend, which features a bike ride from Boston to Cape Cod on Saturday.

Some fans, including 7News anchors Adam Williams and Amaka Ubaka, got the chance to catch passes from Brady. Fellow Patriots Julian Edelman, James White, and other celebrity guests also hit the field.

“Someone is looking down and blessing this night and I am glad to be a part of it,” Brady told participants during a pre-game pep-talk.

There were no trophies or titles on the line, just a group of “Best Buddies” supporting a great cause.

The organization, founded by Anthony Shriver 30 years ago, aims to help people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities by creating job opportunities, and lasting friendships.

“I was born in Boston, my family has been here for over 150 years and I think [the event] captures the spirit of people that live in this community,” Shriver said. “They are giving, and caring, and smart.”

With Brady on the field passing footballs and millions of dollars raised, the spirit in Harvard Stadium was hard to deny.

“It’s unbelievable to see the energy that you get brought out at this single event here and then tomorrow in Hyannis Port and the bike rides,” Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman said. “There is just so much great energy around it.”

Gov. Charlie Baker, who also took part, said, “I just happen to think this is a wonderful event because it brings together a whole bunch of people who care a lot about this community and care a lot about the program. But, it also gives all these kids a chance to participate in the game.”

Adam Williams and co-anchor Kim Khazei will be taking part in the ride, which starts in Boston and ends in Hyannis Port. There are different routes for 30 miles, 50 miles, and the full 100-mile ride.

7NEWS is a proud partner with Best Buddies. The charity’s mission: to help create friendships and employment for those living with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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