Celtics Honor Chris Jett as Hero Among Us
Watertown, Mass. – Tonight the Boston Celtics will name Chris Jett a “Hero Among Us.” Jett was a Perkins School for the Blind Deafblind Program alumnus who passed away last October at age 24, having led an inspiring life of adventure and activism.
Jett, a native of Maine, enjoyed outdoor adventures that many would think impossible for a person who was deafblind with other physical limitations. He was an avid outdoorsman, a snowmobiler, and a sailor. Chris came to Watertown, MA in 1993 to attend Perkins where he was on the swim team, played the drums, and excelled at reading and writing Braille. He wrote a 35-page autobiography before graduating in 2006. Chris, who lived independently, was an early adopter of high-tech solutions for people who are deafblind. As an adult, he visited Perkins frequently to consult with teachers, students, and staff on technology and issues of community concern. Chris became an accomplished speaker who spoke at the Massachusetts State House and at many public events. A vibrant and active citizen, he traveled extensively and met Presidents Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush. Chris was often interviewed by the media and was featured in a 2010 NHK Japan public television documentary. Addressing the gathering at the May 2010 Perkins Possibilities Gala, Chris declared “I have many dreams for my future and my disabilities will not prevent me from reaching my goals.”
Before the game at the TD Garden in Boston, the Perkins Chorus will sing the national anthem, reprising their acclaimed “Star Spangled Banner” rendition at similar occasions in 2009 and 2010. The chorus includes Campbell Grousbeck, son of Celtics’ co-owner Wyc Grousbeck and Perkins Trust Board chair Corinne Grousbeck. Past performances proved so arresting that the fans in the Garden hushed to hear them sing.
The Boston Celtics Heroes Among Us program is one of the premier community outreach programs in professional sports. Established as an initiative of the Boston Celtics in 1997, Heroes Among Us honors individuals who have made an overwhelming impact on the lives of others.
Perkins School for the Blind, the nation’s first school for the visually impaired, provides education and services to help build productive, meaningful lives for 145,000 children and adults who are blind or deafblind, including those with additional disabilities in the U.S. and 65 countries worldwide. Founded in 1829, Perkins pursues this mission around the world, in the community, and on campus. Learn more online at www.Perkins.org.