Celtics Spread Cheer at Holiday Parties

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BOSTON (Dec. 7, 2010) –Boston Celtics players spread the holiday spirit to patients at Children’s Hospital Boston and Boston Medical Center at two holiday parties today. The entire Celtics team along with the coaching staff spent the afternoon visiting patients at Children’s Hospital Boston and hosting a holiday party for Boston Medical Center’s Pediatric Hematology Program at Top of the Hub’s Skywalk Observatory.

At Children’s Hospital Boston, Celtics players including Shaquille O’Neal and Ray Allen, created winter crafts, sang holiday carols and hosted a lively holiday Bingo party with patients in the hospital activity center. The players then delivered holiday surprises and cheer to patients who were unable to leave their rooms. The players visited several floors throughout the hospital and met with patients and their family members spreading Celtics green and filling the hospital with laughter.

“This is my first holiday season in Boston and it’s been great spreading some cheer for kids that are spending the holidays in the hospital,” Celtics player Shaquille O’Neal said. “Holiday Bingo was a blast and I truly enjoyed interacting with the kids and doing something small to put smiles on their faces.”

At Top of the Hub’s Skywalk Observatory, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, head coach Doc Rivers and the rest of the team attended a holiday party for young patients from the Boston Medical Center’s Pediatric Hematology Program. The children were treated to gifts, face painting, a visit from Santa and games.

“Every holiday season my teammates and I look forward to spending time with these courageous children,” Celtics Captain Paul Pierce said. “This is a wonderful time of year to give back and it is rewarding to be able to brighten the day for kids who cannot spend the holidays at home with their families.”