Celtics Promote Literacy at the Kenny School
WALTHAM – Despite a busy game schedule, Celtics players Jason Collins and Jeff Green, along with former guard and current Player Development Coordinator Keyon Dooling, didn’t want to miss the chance to hang out with 60 students from the Kenny School in an effort to promote literacy.
For the third Read to Achieve event of the year, in partnership with Kia, the trio spent time with the elementary students at the Celtics practice facility.
“Reading is what really helped me gain confidence in other areas of my life, even basketball,” said Dooling. “Reading is so important in all aspects of life. It really helps you become a more all-around individual.”
As the Celtics players read Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts in the Celtics Hall of Fame Room, they decided to get the kids more involved. Players called up kids to read a few pages to their classmates while the players took turns showing the pictures.
Collins, who attended Stanford University, spoke of how important it was to utilize the coaches and teachers he had.
“When I was in college I injured the wrist of my shooting hand and couldn’t play. I had always been a proud guy and never really asked for help,” he said. “I was struggling in my Chemistry class and couldn’t be proud anymore. I went to my teachers and asked for their help and I was able to do well in all of my classes from then on. It took me a long time to realize it, so guys, really take advantage of your teachers. It can only help you.”
Following the reading, the kids moved to the Celtics court to run though a few dribbling drills. The kids were split up into groups, with Green, Dooling, and Collins joining three of the lines. The kids could not hide their excitement as they shouted and laughed while running through the drills with players.
As they wrapped up the drills, Green, who recently earned his degree from Georgetown, left the kids with some parting words.
“Now I know we all had fun today with basketball and the story but we cannot forget why we’re here,” said Green. “We want you all to read every day. No matter what you do in life, you will have to read. Even as professional basketball players we do it every day. Now who is going to keep reading?”
The kids all shouted in response, putting big smiles on the players’ faces. The students made it clear that they would continue reading while rooting for the Celtics who motivated them.