Celtics Host Stay in School Assembly at Gavin Middle School

BOSTON (Oct. 28, 2010) – Boston Celtics players Kendrick Perkins, Nate Robinson and Luke Harangody visited the Gavin Middle School in South Boston today as part of a Stay in School assembly. They honored high-achieving students and encouraged all of the children to take pride in their school work.

“Taking pride in school is very important for students,” Perkins explained. “By working hard and trying their best in the classroom, these children will have more opportunities in life.”

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 P.R.I.D.E. standing for Perseverance; Respect; Integrity; Decisions; Education. Prior to hosting the assembly, the Celtics players conducted a special mini basketball clinic for selected students identified as best demonstrating P.R.I.D.E.

Now in its 20th year, the Boston Celtics Stay in School program is presented by Arbella Insurance and is a collaboration of efforts from the Celtics, the New England Sports Museum, the Northeastern University Center for the Study of Sport in Society and the 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. At the end of the year, top students will be honored for academic achievement and perfect attendance.