Boston Celtics Holiday Events - 2009
December 16- Read to Achieve Event
Celtics host a special holiday-themed reading event
BOSTON - The Boston Celtics hosted a special reading event with children from GRASP after school program at the Marshall Elementary School in Dorchester and the Orchard Gardens Community Center in Roxbury at the Ames Hotel as part of the team's Read to Achieve program, presented by Kia Motors. Celtics captain Paul Pierce and players Glen Davis and J.R. Giddens read Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas and played board games with the children.
"We had a great afternoon reading and playing games with the children," Pierce said. "Eating cookies and drinking hot cocoa made for a really fun environment to discuss the importance of reading."
Keeping with the holiday theme, each child was given a board game of their very own to take home after the event courtesy of The Highland Street Foundation.
Read to Achieve is a NBA program designed to promote the value of reading and to build a lifelong love of reading in young people by providing greater access to books. The Boston Celtics Read to Achieve program is supported locally by Kia Motors and ReadBoston.
December 12- Feed the Children Event
Cedric Maxwell and JoJo White team up to feed families
Dorchester, MA (Dec. 11, 2009) - On Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 4 p.m., international hunger relief organization Feed The Children is partnering with Boston Celtics legends Cedric Maxwell and JoJo White to distribute a semi tractor-trailer full of food and personal care items to Lee Academy Pilot School, located at 155 Talbot Avenue. The food will be distributed at 4:30 p.m. This food distribution was made possible by Cedric Maxwell and JoJo White.
Lee Academy Pilot School is a partner agency of Feed The Children and has pre-identified the 400 recipient families. The boxes are designed to help a family for up to one week.
The economic downtown has taken a toll on people in the Boston area. The unemployment rate is currently 8 percent, a three percentage point increase over a year ago. Additionally, 8 percent of people in the state are food insecure, meaning they are hungry or at risk of hunger.
"We are excited to be able to partner with Cedric Maxwell and JoJo White at such a critical time in America," said Feed The Children Spokesman Tony Sellars. "There are many families in Massachusetts going through tough times due to the economic downturn. Today, 400 families will walk away from this event with a brighter outlook on life."
December 7- Celtics spread holiday cheer at Dick's Last Resort
Celtics players and coaches create holiday memories
BOSTON - Much the same way that life as a Boston Celtic isn't always about basketball, life as a patient at Boston Medical Center isn't always about difficult situations and bad news.
Those two statements came to life as one this afternoon at Dick's Last Resort in Faneuil Hall, as Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and a list of Celtics players, coaches and employees had an afternoon of smiles with families from the Boston Medical Center's Pediatric Hematology Program.
Everyone has seen the NBA Cares commercial spots, and if you could have been present today, you would understand how mutual -- between the players and the families -- that caring really is.
As the children and their families polished off their dinners, had their faces painted and played with balloons provided by a slew of clowns, the Celtics began to trickle in one by one.
First, it was Tony Allen. Then it was Doc Rivers. Then Ray Allen. The list went on and on, and within 15 minutes, nine players and coaches were mingling with the children, signing autographs and playing games.
- Marc D'Amico
November 23- Shopping for Thanksgiving Dinner
Tony Allen took Boston students grocery shopping for Thanksgiving dinner
BOSTON - Boston Celtics guard Tony Allen took Boston students grocery shopping for their favorite Thanksgiving dinner, while teaching them about money and budgeting. Allen brought 15 students from the Timilty Middle School to Whole Foods in Boston and provided them with a $100 budget each to shop for their family's Thanksgiving dinner.
Allen helped the students shop and choose the main course, side dishes and desserts, while keeping track of each student's spending with a budget sheet. The students who participated in the Thanksgiving shopping event all come from families in need and were selected for showing great achievement in school.
"I had a lot of fun shopping with the students and it was interesting to see what the children picked for their Thanksgiving dinners," Allen said. "One student chose Alaskan King Crab for his main course! We had a great time walking around and picking groceries, as well as learning how to properly budget your money."