Boston Celtics’ Delonte West, Brian Scalabrine and Assistant Coach Tony Brown Host Special Read to Achieve Event at Boston Children’s Museum

Celtics invite students from ACORN Center for Early Education and Care and "Clifford the Big Red Dog" author Norman Bridwell to the Children's Museum to Stress Importance of Reading

BOSTON (November 17, 2005) - Boston Celtics guard Delonte West, forward Brian Scalabrine and his wife Kristen and Assistant Coach Tony Brown held a special reading timeout with students ACORN Center for Early Education and Care at Boston Children's Museum today as part of the Celtics Read to Achieve program. Joining West, the Scalabrines and Brown was a special appearance by "Clifford the Big Red Dog" author Norman Bridwell, along with members of the Celtics' All Star Reading Team, including team athletic trainer Ed Lacerte and Dr.Mitch Strominger, M.D. of New England Eye Center.

"Encouraging children to embrace the love of reading is very important," Scalabrine said. "It is a skill they will use for the rest of their lives. Reading helps us expand our horizons, and enables us to learn about and experience many different things."

West, the Scalabrines, Brown and Lacerte discussed their favorite books and the importance of reading in their lives, participated in special "Clifford the Big Red Dog" activities, and read with more than 30 students from first, second and third grades during a special Read to Achieve program. In addition, each child received a "Clifford the Big Red Dog" book, and two tickets to an upcoming Celtics home game.

"Boston Children's Museum knows how important it is to work together as a community to ensure that every child learns to read. We are pleased to partner with ReadBoston and the Boston Celtics," stated Lou Casagrande, President and CEO/Boston Children's Museum.

"ACORN Center for Early Education and Care is thrilled that the Boston Celtics, ReadBoston and the Children's Museum have selected our group and are committed to supporting literacy programs in Boston," said Kathy Cheng, Assistant Director of ACORN.

Boston Children's Museum's Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog exhibit is open through January 8, 2006.

About the Read to Achieve Program

The NBA and its teams have developed Reading & Learning Centers and Reading Corners in partnership with schools, libraries, and community-based organizations in order to provide fun and creative places for kids to go to read, study, or work on the computer. Reading & Learning Centers and Reading Corners are supported by the NBA and its teams on a year round basis through reading programs and activities, Read to Achieve program materials, book and magazine donations and in some cases, the complete refurbishment of a Reading/Technology room. To date, there are more than 100 Reading & Learning Centers and 150 Reading Corners throughout the 30 NBA markets. The Celtics have also opened two reading and Learning Centers in Massachusetts. The program is sponsored locally by New England Eye Center and Aquafina.

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