WALTHAM, MA – The Boston Celtics have teamed up, this season, with the Massachusetts Army National Guard to spotlight Black History Month. The Celtics hosted a game show style event for students from Boston English High School at the Celtics practice facility here Feb. 4, 2010.
Soldiers and Celtics players Glen Davis, Marquis Daniels, Kendrick Perkins, Brian Scalabrine, and Shelden Williams joined the students in surveying quotes of famous African-American leaders and competing in a special game show format trivia game.
After studying the Black History statements, the students made a short presentation on the quote's meaning at the time it was said, and what they mean to them today. A Jeopardy style trivia game followed on the practice basketball court.
Army Staff Sgt. Rose Alectine said, “I enjoyed working with the students on the trivia questions because they were very vocal about which sections they were comfortable studying. I learned that some of them play basketball for their school and enjoy history. I also learned some facts that I never knew regarding Black History,” said Alectine.
After the games ended the Celtics players signed autographs, posed for pictures and handed out Celtics jackets. The National Guard Soldiers gave away winter knitted caps, Army Combat Uniform printed carrying bags, and water bottles branded with the National Guard logo.
The Celtics and the Massachusetts Army National Guard will continue to spotlight African-American history at home games, events and on their websites during Black history Month.
Summarizing the day’s experience, Alectine said, “I think the message to the students was that the National Guard is not just here for war or recruitment but because Soldiers want to be involved in the community.”