BOSTON (March 3, 2010) - The Boston Celtics will again treat troops and their families to a slam dunk event on Friday, March 12 against the Indiana Pacers as part of the third annual Seats for Soldiers program, presented by OmniPresence. Through Seats for Soldiers, Celtics fans can donate their tickets to the game and allow members of US armed forces and their families to attend in their seat.
Last season more than 500 tickets were donated to Seats for Soldiers and this year the program is expanding so fans anywhere can donate tickets for the U.S. armed forces. Fans interested in purchasing and donating tickets to Seats for Soldiers can call 617-854-8013 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Ticket prices start at $45.00 and the deadline to donate is Monday, March 8 at 5p.m. Additionally, Boston Celtics season ticket holders will be able to donate their tickets by logging onto their account at www.celtics.com
"We are proud to honor the brave men and women of the US Armed forces through our Seats for Soldiers program," Boston Celtics Team President Rich Gotham said. "Our fans have shown amazing generosity the last few years in donating their tickets to these courageous individuals who defend our country. We look forward to working with our partner, OmniPresence, to provide the soldiers in attendance with a fun and special night."
OmniPresence, the Celtics Official Video Conferencing and Audio Visual Solutions Partner, will set up a live videoconference connection during the game for members of the Armed Forces to watch the action at the TD Garden from the distant location where they are stationed. Additionally, the soldiers will be greeted via videoconference at 4:30p.m. pre-game by Celtics mascot LUCKY, members of the Celtics Dancers and a Celtics legend.
"This will be a very unique experience. In several other sporting events we have connected our troops via videoconferencing, but during this Celtics game we will integrate the entire game experience into the video call", CEO of OmniPresence Tom Wing said. "The Seats for Soldiers program is an excellent opportunity for us to continue the USO tradition of providing first-class entertainment to our troops and their families," Executive Director, USO New England Jean Mallon said. "The Boston Celtic fans are among the most patriotic, and their generous support has a great impact on boosting morale ".
The Seats for Soldiers donations are product of a unique collaborative effort among the USO New England, Boston Celtics, Celtics season ticket holders and fans that purchased tickets for the March 12 home game. All of the seats donated were voluntarily contributed to allow members of the armed services and their families to attend the game in their place.