Heroes Among Us - March 2006

New England is home to many individuals who have made an overwhelming impact on our community, positively affecting the lives of others. For the seventh season, the Boston Celtics will recognize an individual or individuals at each home game who have made a special contribution.

Here are the March 2006 Heroes Among Us:

The Heroes Among Us award is a program of the Boston Celtics, presented by the Mass State Lottery.

March 1, 2006
Dean Levy

Last year, while attending college at Bridgewater State College, Dean was called up for active duty to serve as a gunner with the Massachusetts National Guard.

During his year of service in Iraq, Dean's life changed on what turned out to be no ordinary day in May of 2005. Riding atop a Humvee, Dean noticed something strange as a blue pickup truck approached his convoy. Firing repeated warning shots towards the vehicle, Dean's second series of shots finally denoted the truck which was carrying 400 pounds of explosives. Dean's heroic actions spared the lives of nearly a dozen US soldiers.

Dean, who suffered facial and shrapnel wounds in the explosion, received the Purple Heart for his quick thinking and life-saving efforts.





The Heroes Among Us award is a program of the Boston Celtics, presented by the Mass State Lottery, represented here by Ken McIntyre.

March 3, 2006
Sean McDonough

Sean has been a fixture on network television and radio for the past 17 years. After participating in many charitable events, Sean decided it was time to make a personal commitment to help children in need in Massachusetts.

In 2002, with considerable assistance from his sister Erin and several friends, Sean established the Sean McDonough Charitable Foundation. Their goal is to raise and distribute funds to children's charities throughout Massachusetts. In its' first four years, the Foundation has given nearly $1.2 million to 66 different children's charities, helping thousands of young people throughout the Commonwealth.





The Heroes Among Us award is a program of the Boston Celtics, presented by the Mass State Lottery, represented here by Jim Acton.

March 8, 2006
Sarah Fader

Sarah saw an ad in the Boston Globe soliciting volunteers for Horizons for Homeless Children, and was disturbed by the thought of children living in homeless shelters. Determined to make a difference, she began volunteering for Horizons for Homeless Children in September of 1997.

Sarah has been a fixture on Thursday nights at the Bridge House Family Shelter in Lynn for the past nine years. As one of Horizon's biggest advocates, she is responsible for recruiting and training new volunteers. Sarah, a constant companion to hundreds of children living in family shelters; is bringing love, energy and compassion, to children who need it most.





The Heroes Among Us award is a program of the Boston Celtics, presented by the Mass State Lottery.

March 10, 2006
Suzanne Wintle

For the past 35 years, Suzanne has been teaching in grades K-6. A 3rd grade teacher at the Florence Sawyer School in Bolton, MA, Suzanne, is also responsible for training and mentoring first year teachers, as well as leading workshops that help support other teachers in her district. Suzanne attributes her success in the classroom to the relationships she develops with the parents of her students, as well as the students themselves.

Suzanne was selected as the 2006 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year out of a pool of more than 400 nominees.





The Heroes Among Us award is a program of the Boston Celtics, presented by the Mass State Lottery, represented here by Joseph Sullivan.

March 12, 2006
Tiesha Hughes

After getting pregnant at age 16, and feeling hopeless, Tiesha went to Children's Hospital Boston for help. She enrolled in their Young Parents Program, which assists young mothers to flourish physically, mentally, and socially, so their children can succeed.

Today, Tiesha is working at a Boston Charter school, where her 5-year-old son Ju'Quon is a kindergartner. She is getting her master's degree from Harvard's Graduate School of Education, and plans to work with teen parents. Tiesha is also a volunteer and advocate for the same program that once helped her. Her story, one of dedication and hard work, is living proof that with help, achievement like hers can be the norm.





The Heroes Among Us award is a program of the Boston Celtics, presented by the Mass State Lottery, represented here by Steve Valeri.

March 20, 2006
Stan Kosloski

At age 17, Stan was involved in an automobile accident that left him a paraplegic. He feels it was this accident that led him to his calling, a career in the Connecticut Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities. Stan has been advocating and opening doors for the disabled for the past 43 years.

In 1967, Stan started playing wheelchair basketball at the New Haven Rehabilitation Center. He had no idea it would eventually lead to him winning a gold medal in the 1972 Paralympics in West Germany. Last year, he was inducted in the National Wheelchair Basketball Association Hall of Fame for playing in 33 seasons, and scoring more than 15,000 career points, every one while seated in a wheelchair.





The Heroes Among Us award is a program of the Boston Celtics, presented by the Mass State Lottery, represented here by Steve Monaco.

March 22, 2006
Ron Goodman

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic is a 58 year old national nonprofit volunteer organization that creates opportunities for individuals who cannot effectively read standard print because of visual impairment, dyslexia or another physical disability.

Ron began reading for RFB&D in 1986, a year after the Boston studio opened. As the Boston Chapter's longest continuing volunteer, he has contributed a total of nearly 2,000 hours during the past twenty years, typically averaging more than 100 hours a year. Ron is of the belief that all people should have access to the printed word regardless of their disabilities.





The Heroes Among Us award is a program of the Boston Celtics, presented by the Mass State Lottery.

March 26, 2006
Theresa Lynn

ReadBoston, founded by Mayor Thomas M. Menino in 1995, was created to address low literacy levels among Boston's youths. Under Theresa's leadership as Executive Director, ReadBoston has as evolved as the leading agency that addresses early literacy Boston. Over 500,000 new books have been given to children and 1,700 tutors are volunteering on a weekly basis to read to young children.

Theresa, often referred to as the single biggest advocate for early literacy, is also responsible for creating ReadBoston's Summer Storymobile program, which visits 82 sites each week throughout the summer, giving away more than 25,000 free new books.



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