On Monday, February 27, 63 of Catholic Charities’ at-risk youth traveled to T.D. Garden in Boston for a night at the Boston Celtics.
The night began across the street from the Garden at a pizza party for students from the Catholic Charities Teen Center at St. Peter’s in Dorchester and from Catholic Charities South Boston T.E.A.M., a program that matches at-risk youth in the South Boston area with adult mentors. Laughs were complimented by slices of pizza, and Catholic Charities President Debbie Rambo wasn’t going to miss out on a night with the teens we serve. Steve Prone of the Prone Family Foundation, a sponsor of the evening, joined in on the fun, getting to know the students from Dorchester and South Boston.
Prior to the game, President Rambo took center court as the night’s honorary captain. She was joined by 30 teens from the Teen Center, serving the Celtics and Atlanta Hawks as their “Anthem Buddies”. The teens had the opportunity to stand on the sidelines as the players warmed up, and then joined them for the singing of the National Anthem. High fives and smiles were all over the court.
The 63 teens, mentors, staff, and two of our Boston Marathon team runners enjoyed the game from their balcony seats. The section was a sea of green with the teens in their matching Catholic Charities Celtics shirts, many of which had been signed by Lucky the Leprechaun. Although the Celtics suffered a loss to the Hawks, thanks to the Celtics and Prone Family Foundation, the teens we serve definitely had a win.
To learn more about our at-risk youth programming or to support our efforts in the community, please visit ccab.org. You could be the difference in the life of one of our students.