Celtics Co-Captain Paul Pierce and McDonald's Owner/Operators Teach Portsmouth Youth the Importance of Hard Work and Education

Pierce and McDonalds Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern New England to present $8,000 grant to New Heights

PORTSMOUTH, NH (April 1, 2003) - Young people at New Heights received some valuable tips on the importance of hard work, education, and staying away from drugs and alcohol today from Boston Celtics Co-Captain Paul Pierce and representatives from McDonald's and Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC) of Eastern New England.

Joining more than 50 local children at New Heights were: Pierce; RMHC of Eastern New England Executive Director Edie Stevenson and Bob McDougall, Vice President/Operations Manager of Colley-McCoy (a McDonald's Management Company).

The Celtics Co-Captain discussed the importance of staying in school, staying away from drugs and how through hard work, goals can be achieved. Pierce shared how sports can be a positive influence in one's life and the role basketball has played in his life. The Celtics All-Star helped present an $8,000 grant from RMHC of Eastern New England to New Heights, which will help create scholarships for their summer programs that cater to children in the 5th through 12th grade.

"Being positive about education and understanding that through hard work, any goal can be accomplished is very important to me and I am happy to share it with today's youth," said Pierce. "Today's youth are very easily influenced and it's important that they understand the importance of staying in school."

"McDonald's and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern New England are proud to partner with the Celtics and Paul Pierce to educate local youth about the importance of hard work and education," said RMHC of Eastern New England Executive Director Edie Stevenson.

The Boston Celtics organization has teamed up with local McDonald's restaurants to improve the lives of children and families throughout the region. Since it began in 1986, Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Eastern New England has given over $11 million in grants to more than 1,000 non-profit organizations and programs helping thousands of children and families throughout Eastern New England. RMHC of Eastern New England also supports the Ronald McDonald Houses in both Boston and Providence, which provide a home away from home for the families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at nearby hospitals.
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