Dancers Visit Children's Hospital Boston

BOSTON – Thousands of children won’t be home for the holidays this year and instead will be at the Children’s Hospital Boston getting the treatment they need to get well. Knowing that it’s a tough time for patients and their families, the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation held their annual Holiday party at the hospital Monday afternoon in an effort to bring cheer and joy to the patients.


Rich Gotahm, two Celtics Dancers and Lucky visit a youngster at Children's Hospital Boston.

Boston Celtics Team President Rich Gotham and Celtics Legend Dana Barros joined Lucky and members of the Celtics Dancers for a carnival-style holiday party with the patients. Activities included making picture frames at the arts and crafts table, playing basketball with an indoor portable goal, taking photos with the 2008 Championship trophy and eating snow cones. The youth at the event were in for another special treat as the Celtics Dancers performed two routines for them.

“This event is amazing for the kids and they’re really excited about it,” said Child Life Specialist Carrie Card. “For some of them they’ve been in the hospital for a very long time and won’t be home on the holidays, whatever we can do to make their day really special is great. The Celtics have a huge fan base here at the hospital and kids from all ages came down for the event. It’s great for the parents as well. They’re here for days on end sometimes and having something special and fun for them and their children is important.”

Following the party for the children, Gotham, Barros, Lucky and the Dancers made bedside visits to patients who were not able to make the earlier event. Visits were made to multiple floors in the hospital, where youth were excited to see personnel from their favorite basketball team.

A few Celtics Dancers met one youth in particular who was an avid ballet dancer. Her room was adorned with dance photos and inspirational quotes. She was beyond ecstatic when the Dancers taught her some of their moves.

“We had a great day visiting the patients here at Children’s Hospital Boston,” said Lucky. “Everyone deserves to have special memories during the holiday season and I hope we did that today.”