Johnson, Moore Help C's Deliver Computer Lab

BRIGHTON, Mass. - Having access to technology is imperative in today’s schools. To that end, when the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation established the Player Choice grant, a grant where the players themselves determine how the funding is invested in the community, the entire Celtics team immediately voted to create two state-of-the-art computer labs in the Boston Public Schools system.

A few months ago, their efforts came to fruition with a computer lab at the Hernandez K-8 School.

Monday morning marked the second computer lab unveiling at the Edison K-8 School. Boston Celtics Co-owner, Managing Partner and Shamrock Foundation President Steve Pagliuca, President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge, and draft picks JaJuan Johnson and E’Twaun Moore joined Superintendent of Boston Public Schools Dr. Carol Johnson to present the school with 25 brand new MacBook lap top computers that were encased in a mobile cart customized with Sharmock Foundation and Celtics graphics. This also marked the first appearance as Celtics by Johnson and Moore.

The Edison School, home to more than 600 students, previously had only 10 computers in a mobile cart. With no elevator in the building, the computers were also limited to the first floor, leaving the entire middle school population, more than 300 students, without access to the technology.

Sara, a sixth-grade student, was excited about the new computers that would give the middle school students the access to technology.

“I can only remember using a computer twice this year,” she said. “With this lab, I’m sure I will be able to use a computer a lot more in school.”

The unveiling began with the introduction of Johnson and Moore with their jerseys, No. 12 and No. 55, respectively.

“I chose 12 because that was my mom’s number when she played basketball,” explained Johnson.

“I wanted to be (No.) 55 because it serves as motivation for me,” said Moore, alluding to the fact that he was drafted 55th overall – or sixth-to-last – in this year’s NBA Draft.

Following the introductions, the 23 Edison students put the technology to work with an online scavenger hunt, finding answers to questions about the Celtics.

In less than 10 minutes, the students learned that Johnson was 82 inches tall and that Ainge has won three NBA Championships with the Celtics, two as a player and one as the President of Basketball Operations.

The activity served to illustrate how vital technology is to education. In just a few minutes, the group learned about the Celtics’ past, present and future. When given the same amount of time to focus on their school subjects, it is clear how much information is at their fingertips to contribute to their education. It was apparent that the students were impressed with the laptops.

“Any time you can give back to the community, it’s huge,” said Johnson. “I come from a family that always gives back and even at Purdue our team worked at a community center with youth. I’m happy to be with the Celtics, who seem to care a lot about the community as well.”

Moore was also excited for the day.

“I couldn’t wait to get here this morning,” he said. “I’m happy that JaJuan and I were able to get out in the community on the first day.”

One thing is for sure, Johnson and Moore proved on Day 1 that they are great additions to the Celtics’ continued commitment to the community.