One of the most popular in-house Boston Celtics interludes is Heroes Among Us, which honors individuals who have made exceptional and lasting contributions to the community. Recently, a Jamaica Plain duo were honored during the Jan. 16th home game against the New Orleans Pelicans.
After graduating college and landing a full-time job, Jamaica Plain native Noah McKenna decided to be a mentor with Partners for Youth with Disabilities. McKenna was matched with an energetic 10-year old named Tavis and their relationship quickly grew into a unique bond through cheering for the Celtics at the Garden, cooking, gardening, attending social justice rallies together and more.
Jamaica Plain-based El Mundo has put together the first "Latin Night" with the Boston Celtics. The evening includes live Latin music, with Alexander Faria greeting fans as they enter TD Garden and a halftime performance from Rumba y Timbal. Tickets for the March 5 event, during which the Celtics play the Utah Jazz, range from $20 for the balcony to $50 for VIP seats that include a pre-game mixer. For more information, please visit El Mundo's Web site. [Disclosure: Chris Helms, publisher of Jamaica Plain News, also writes occasional articles for El Mundo.]
More than 150 volunteers from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and its Foundation, the Boston Celtics and City Year, joined forces last Friday to transform the outdoor learning and recreational space of the Hennigan Elementary School in Jamaica Plain, just in time for the new school year. Joining the volunteers were Boston Celtics Forward, Jared Sullinger, and “Lucky” the Leprechaun, who hosted basketball clinics for the students. The day began with an Opening Ceremony featuring remarks by Harvard Pilgrim CEO and President, Eric Schultz; Boston Celtics President, Rich Gotham; and, Hennigan Elementary School Principal, Maria Cordon. “One of the ways Harvard Pilgrim supports the Boston community is by providing local students with the tools they need to succeed in school, including a clean, safe environment and a full backpack,” said Schultz. “We are fortunate to have such strong, longtime partners like Mayor Walsh, the Boston Celtics and City Year, who know the value of working together to build healthy, vibrant communities.”
Volunteers spent the day painting colorful murals and games on the school’s walls and blacktop, enhancing its gardens and grounds and helping to clean up the orchards and meadows at neighboring Nira Rock Urban Wild.