Harangody, Bradley Read With After School Program Students

BOSTON, Mass. – Practice, hard work and perseverance were the recurring themes at Tuesday’s Kia Motors Read to Achieve event at TD Garden’s Sports Museum. Luke Harangody and Avery Bradley greeted 25 children from the Pope John Paul II After School Program in Dorchester. The kids, decked out in their green and white, were excited to be able to spend time with Celtics players.

Prior to reading Wilma Unlimited, the children were able to ask the players questions.

“Do you get butterflies before a game,” asked one inquiring student.

Harangody shook his head yes and said, “I still do to this day.”

Another child asked, “What was your favorite subject in school?”

Harangody answered quickly, “That’s an easy one. I liked math.”

Following the questions and answers, it was time to read Wilma Unlimited. The story centered around Wilma, a talented track athlete who overcame a lot in her life. After being plagued with polio at an early age, no one thought she would be able to walk, let alone run. However, Wilma had other plans and worked hard every day until she eventually became an Olympic track medalist.

As the story came to a close, Bradley asked the children what the moral of the story was.

Hands flew in the air and one child answered, “Face your fears.”

“That’s a good moral,” said Bradley. “Does anyone want to add to that?”

Another child answered, “The moral of this story is to never give up on your dreams no matter how many obstacles you have to overcome.” “I couldn’t have said it any better,” remarked Bradley. “What are some of your dreams?”

Some students wanted to be doctors. Others wanted to teach and one wanted to be a singer. Harangody and Bradley commended their choices and expressed how hard work and doing well in school would help them reach their dreams.

Having learned an important lesson through Wilma Unlimited, the children participated in a scavenger hunt in order to learn more about the

Celtics’ history. Excited children roamed the corridor in search of Celtics’ fun facts. Bradley and Harangody joined the groups to help the kids. While all of the groups completed the hunt, the first team to finish received Celtics’ clocks to put on their walls at home!

As the event came to an end, Harangody made sure to emphasize the lessons learned. “Remember the themes from the story. Always practice and work hard to meet your goals. If obstacles come up, persevere and you’ll be successful.”