Patriots AFC Championship apparel to be donated

BOSTON (AP) Dick's Sporting Goods said it plans to donate unsellable Patriots AFC Championship gear to a nonprofit after the team lost 20-18 to the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

Matt Catacchio, community marketing manager at Dick's, tells the Boston Globe (http://bit.ly/1K72I0V ) the T-shirts and hats will go to World Vision and be distributed in ''countries in need.''

He says it's been a longstanding practice to donate the losing team's championship merchandise.

World Vision's website says it's a Christian humanitarian organization working in nearly 100 countries to tackle poverty.

Dick's said last week it would be ready right after the game with Patriots championship gear.

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