Tom Brady & Pals Heat Up the Grill During Charity Celebrity Chef Tailgate

updated 06/04/2012 AT 1:00 PM ET

originally published 06/04/2012 AT 4:45 PM ET

Tom Brady was all about giving back over the weekend.

The New England Patriots quarterback, 34, headed up the 13th Annual Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port over the weekend, as part of his ambassador duties for the organization.

The weekend’s events raised $4.5 million in donations for the nonprofit organization, dedicated to creating friendship, employment and leadership training opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The organization has grown to chapters in about 1500 middle school, high school and college chapters worldwide.

Starting with a challenge on Friday, the athlete played QB alongside some Best Buddies participants, supporters and fellow New England Patriots.

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