The Jr. Celtics program presented by New England Baptist Hospital challenges over 650 3rd-5th graders to develop their basketball game through skills, drills and leadership training.
Kids from local YMCA’s, Boston Centers for Youth and Families, Special Olympics Massachusetts and the Doc Wayne program participate in clinic events where they are coached through workouts by members of the Celtics roster. Participants are then tasked with improving in those Celtics-approved drills for a chance to come to a Celtics game as a Jr. Celtics All-Star.
Last month the Pulaski Panthers and Hockomock YMCA programs of Special Olympics Massachusetts participated in the Jr. Celtics Training Program.
Coach Sharon Wood and her Panthers met Dave Hoffman, the Celtics Community Relations Manager, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Celtics guard Phil Pressey.
Pressey told the team to never give up, work hard and follow their dreams. The team did a great job with drills and above all, had fun during practice. They also got to see Lucky the Leprechaun dunk — an experience totally worth a pot of gold.