Rondo Treats Youth to Shopping Spree
BOSTON (January 17, 2012) – Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo has spent countless hours with the Kids Day Program at Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC), a non-profit working to ensure the health and safety of children, since 2008. Rondo continues to put those hours in today and enjoys the impact he can make on the kids in the program.
“I met these kids years ago and they touched my heart,” said Rondo. “I wanted to make sure they knew people outside of their immediate family cared about them and wanted them to succeed in life.”
Continuing his work with the youth, Rondo brought the group of 22 youth on a late holiday shopping spree event.
The youth were given a heads up about the event and their excitement was apparent on the bus ride to the store. One youth even exclaimed, “It’s weird and cool that someone so important cares about us!”
Once the youth arrived, Rondo greeted them with hugs and an explanation of what the day would consist of.
“I wanted to bring you guys here during the holidays, but with our season starting I had to push it back,” explained the guard. “I know I’m a few months late but I’m glad we were able to meet up today. Each of you will have $250.00 to spend. We’ve created a budgeting sheet so you all can keep track of how much money you’ve spent and how much you have to go.”
The youth’s jaws dropped when Rondo explained what they were doing at the store. After many thank you remarks, a lot of cheers and some thank you hugs, the youth began shopping.
First on everyone’s to-do list was to buy a pair of sneakers. Little hands were pointing in all different directions as they saw shoes that caught their eye. As correct sizes were being brought to them, Rondo helped the youth try on the shoes.
“The black and pink ones look nice on you,” said Rondo to one little girl. Suffice it to say, she bought that pair.
Once the kids had a pair of shoes, they purchased items ranging from sweatshirts and socks to backpacks.
One incredibly thoughtful youth had four pair of shoes in her bag. When Rondo asked her why she had so many shoes and no other accessory items she replied, “I bought a pair of shoes for my brothers and sisters and a pair for me. They need these shoes more than I need clothes.”
“That was the nicest thing I have ever witnessed,” said Rondo following the event. “It was such a selfless act and it just reinforced why I love working with these kids.”
As their remaining balances were dwindling to zero, the youth lined up at the registers to ring up their purchases. Many of them were even wearing their new items already.
Before the event ended, Rondo had one more surprise for them.
“There is pizza for everyone on the third floor. When you’re done ringing up your items, head up there!”
The pizza was a huge hit. “That’s my favorite food,” said one of the kids.
While the group was eating, Rondo spoke to the youth one last time before they departed.
“I’m so glad you all were able to come today,” he said. “It’s so fun to hang out with all of you and I hope you were able to get everything you wanted today. I want you all to continue to work hard in school and set good examples for your peers. Make sure you always keep your head up no matter what and don’t ever give up on your dreams. You all are great kids and I know you’re going to be successful in anything you choose to do in life!”