Celtics Forward Brian Scalabrine and Center Michael Olowokandi Encourage Students to Stay in School During Visit to Uphams Corner Charter School

Celtics players talk to students about the importance of taking pride in their schoolwork

BOSTON (March 2, 2006) - Boston Celtics forward Brian Scalabrine and center Michael Olowokandi visited the Uphams Corner Charter School in South Boston today as part of a Stay in School assembly, honoring high-achieving students and encouraging all of the children to take pride in their classroom work. Joining Scalabrine and Olowokandi at the assembly was WILD-FM personality "Coach" Willie Maye.

"It is important for students to get the most out of their education," Scalabrine explained. "They need to realize that studying and staying in school is the most important thing they can do for themselves, and that it will help shape their future."

During today's assembly, and at other Stay in School assemblies throughout the academic year, Celtics players deliver a special message to students that include the use of the acronym PRIDE - P for positive mental attitude, R for respect, I for intelligent choices, D for dreams, and E for effort and education.

The Boston Celtics Stay in School program is in its 15th year and is a collaborative effort between the team, the New England Sports Museum and Boston Public Schools. At assemblies throughout the academic year, Celtics players will visit schools to help motivate students to work hard and stay in school, and at the end of each year, top students will be honored for academic achievement and perfect attendance.

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