NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Family members of New Rochelle's Ray Rice, star running back for the Baltimore Ravens, will join Mayor Noam Bramson and other city leaders Sunday at a Super Bowl XLVII watch party at Applebee's Neighborhood Grill in New Roc City.
The New Rochelle Municipal Housing Authority (NRMHA) will sponsor “Ray Rice’s Big Game Watch Party” beginning at 5 p.m., with kickoff scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Rice, who grew up in New Rochelle's municipal housing while attending local public schools, led New Rochelle High School to the 2003 Class AA state football championship and is a frequent visitor in his hometown, where he works with local youth.
More than 30 members of Rice’s family who were unable to attend the Super Bowl in New Orleans are expected to be on hand. In addition, countless New Rochelle and Westchester community leaders and residents will be in attendance.
Rice personally approved the invitations to the event through his close friend City Councilman Jared Rice (no relation), who will serve as the host for the evening.
"The NRMHA's primary reason for sponsoring the event was to invite current residents of the Bracey Apartments where Ray Rice grew up and frequently still visits all of his friends and family members," NRMHA spokesperson Kenneth Plummer said.