Tony Allen and Delonte West Encourage Students to Stay in School During Visit to The Harbor School

BOSTON (February 2, 2006) - Boston Celtics Tony Allen and Delonte West visited The Harbor School in Dorchester today as part of a Stay in School assembly, honoring high-achieving students and encouraging all the children to take pride in their classroom work. Joining Allen and West at the assembly was WILD-FM personality Willie Maye.

"In both basketball and education, you cannot reach your full potential without making a one-hundred percent effort," West explained. "It is important to reinforce to young students that working hard in the classroom leads to making goals and dreams a reality."

During today's assembly, and at other Stay in School assemblies throughout the academic year, Celtics players deliver a special message to students that includes 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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