Boston Celtics Rookie Encourages Students to Stay in School During Visit to Rogers Middle School in Hyde Park

Tony Allen Talks to Children About the Importance of Taking Pride in their Classroom Performance

BOSTON (December 2, 2004) – Boston Celtics rookie Tony Allen visited Rogers Middle School today as part of a Stay in School assembly, honoring high-achieving students and encouraged all the children to take pride in their classroom work. Joining Allen at the assembly was Fox Sports Net and WILD-AM personality “Coach” Willie Maye.

“Education is the most important thing children can do for themselves,” Allen explained. “Kids need to realize the importance of studying hard and staying in school, so that they are able to get the most out of their education. Doing all of that is what leads to making goals and dreams become a reality.”

During today’s assembly, and at other Stay in School assemblies throughout the academic year, Celtics players deliver a special message to students that includes the use of the acronym PRIDE – P for positive mental attitude, R for respect, I for intelligent choices, D for dreams, and E for effort and education.

The Boston Celtics Stay in School program is in its 14th year and is a collaborative effort between the team, the New England Sports Museum and Boston Public Schools. At assemblies throughout the academic year, Celtics players will visit schools to help motivate students to work hard and stay in school, and at the end of each year, top students will be honored for academic achievement and perfect attendance.
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