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Better Education

Josh Kraft ’89 in the Boston Globe.

Josh Kraft looks so uncomfortable he might turn i nside out. He is jiggling his legs. Wincing. Leaning way back in his chair, as if willing himself into the next office.

“Ah, is this going to be about me?” he asks. “I got no problem talking about the clubs, but ah . . . I don’t want to. . . . I’m just uncomfortable. . .”

Kraft took over as head of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston this month. And though everybody you talk to says he has a boatload of qualifications for the job, sitting still for interviews about himself isn’t among them.

Kraft, 41, is the third of Bob and Myra Kraft’s four sons. His parents, of course, are the bazillionaires who own the New England Patriots.

Born on third base, Josh Kraft is under no illusion that he hit a triple.

“I grew up in the lucky DNA club,” he says. “I’m very fortunate.”

He knows his parents’ wealth has sometimes gotten him breaks he might not have deserved. This job isn’t one of them. Never interested in any of the family businesses, he started as an intern at the Boys & Girls Club in South Boston, after graduating from college 18 years ago. There he chased down 20 at-risk children who were skipping middle school, staying on them every day to make sure they didn’t drop out.

“I got a better education at D Street and Old Colony than I ever got at Williams College,” he says. “It was life-changing.”

Indeed. Read the whole thing.

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#1 Comment By frank uible On August 30, 2008 @ 7:02 am

We should have had Mr. Kraft in my boyhood neighborhood. Maybe my friends and I would have turned out better. Oh well – too late now.