Heroes Among Us - January 2016
The Heroes Among Us award is a program of the Boston Celtics, presented by the Mass State Lottery.
January 29, 2016 - Carmen Nieves
Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011, Carmen Nieves relied on the support of her community at the Boys and Girls Club in Chelsea while undergoing aggressive treatments. Returning to work less than two weeks after her final chemotherapy session, Carmen dedicated herself to raising awareness for others. Every October Carmen hosts a breast cancer awareness night in Chelsea educating youth and club members about the disease. Beyond the club, Carmen has raised thousands of dollars towards a cure and in January 2016 celebrated four years cancer free!
For her efforts to raise awareness for breast cancer, please join the Celtics in celebrating a Hero Among Us, Carmen Nieves.
January 27, 2016 - Marquis Taylor
Growing up in South Central Los Angeles, Marquis Taylor experienced the positive effect sports had on his education while he saw kids who didn’t have the skills to make the team fall off track. Inspired by his past Marquis founded Coaching for Change, a nonprofit that teaches underperforming high school students leadership skills through coaching. Since launching the program five years ago, Marquis’ students have a 100% graduation rate and 85% go on to college. Incredibly, in 2015, 60 percent of kids in the Brockton program improved their GPA by a full letter grade.
For his efforts to improve the lives of teens through sports, please join the Celtics in celebrating a Hero Among Us, Marquis Taylor.
January 22, 2016 - Kalsie King
During her sophomore year of high school, Kalsie King noticed many of her classmates were wearing damaged clothes during the coldest months of winter.
Determined to help her peers, Kalsie organized a clothing drive by placing homemade donation boxes throughout her school. Within days the boxes were overflowing with clothes that she distributed to classmates who were homeless or displaced. The clothing drive has become an annual event and as a senior this year Kalsie collected more than 1,200 pieces of clothing that she distributed to families across Boston.
For her efforts to help others in need, please join the Celtics in celebrating a Hero Among Us, Kalsie King.
January 15, 2016 - Keisha Gamble
In honor of National Mentoring Month the Celtics are proud to recognize a leader of youth development and social services in Boston.
With more than 20 years of experience, Dorchester native Keisha Gamble has dedicated her career toward improving the lives of young women in high risk communities. Responsible for mentoring 15 teen girls, Keisha works to make sure they all graduate high school and have jobs. Determined to go above and beyond for her mentees, Keisha uses her own money to support the needs of their families buying food, clothes and paying for rent.
For her dedication to mentoring, please join the Celtics in celebrating Keisha Gamble as a Hero Among Us.
January 13, 2016 - Yaakov Horwath
In the early morning hours of December 16th, Yaakov (Yah-cove) Horwath was on his way to open the coffee shop where he works when he witnessed a man collapse in the middle of the street.
Without a moment’s hesitation Yaakov rushed to the man’s side who was unable to move and struggling to breath. Acting quickly Yaakov called 9-1-1 and carried the man safely onto the sidewalk. When paramedics arrived the man was treated for a life threatening lung infection and has since made a full recovery.
For his quick thinking and life saving actions, please join the Celtics in celebrating a Hero Among Us, Yaakov Horwath.
January 6, 2016 - Tom Chafe
Lieutenant Colonel Tom Chafe has honorably served our country for 22 years in the Navy and Air Force earning some of the nations highest ranks and achievements during his eight deployments.
Following 9/11, Tom led the first medical flight crew into Afghanistan rescuing US troops in need of critical support. Determined to help others while back home, Tom works as Senior Staff Nurse in the Emergency Department at Brigham and Women’s hospital where he has been awarded for his excellence in research and care.
For his decorated efforts to protect our country and community, please join the Celtics in celebrating a Hero Among Us, Lieutenant Colonel Tom Chafe.
January 2, 2016 - Lou Pasquale
90-year-old veteran Lou Pasquale has dedicated his entire life to improving the lives of others.
After surviving an ammunition explosion in Okinawa during World War II, Lou vowed that when he returned home to Boston he would help an individual everyday. As the long time manager of Boston Bowl in Dorchester, Lou used the alleys to mentor troubled youth and started bowling leagues that broke down racial barriers throughout the city. Today Lou focuses his efforts on raising money for vans to take local disabled vets to medical appointments.
For his lifelong commitment to protect our country and the city of Boston, please join the Celtics in celebrating Lou Pasquale as a Hero Among Us.