Oftentimes fans watch sports and think that the athletes have simple lives. They play a game, they sleep, they eat, they get massages, rinse and repeat. Sometimes everyone needs a reminder that athletes also have an obligation to help out in the community. Take time to raise money, take a moment with a child, or Make a Wish. In very positive Boston Celtics News this week, a few of the younger Celtics (and some former players) spent their off-time hanging out with some kids.
Bradley, who has spent much of the summer out of the public eye while immersing himself in basketball workouts, emerged Tuesday for the first of three court renovations as part of a contest sponsored by RE/Max of New England. Bradley and Celtics legend/broadcaster Cedric Maxwell unveiled the first of three driveway makeovers Tuesday with the Barker-Jobin family.
MarShon Brooks (along with Walter McCarty and Dana Barros) ran around with some kids in the NBA Fit program. MarShon Brooks said, "It was a good start, just come out here and interact with the kids and just show them some things that they could do on their own time to get some cardio in for the day. That's what it's about."
On a pristine late-August morning, the 22-year-old Olynyk stood in the lot of a New Hampshire Park and Ride off Interstate 93 as a police escort assembled to deliver him — and 30 children from the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children — to a nearby amusement park for a Shamrock Foundation event. Just days after league MVP LeBron James received an unauthorized police escort to a Justin Timberlake and Jay Z concert in Miami, there were wisecracks about all this attention going to the rookie's head.
Obviously, volunteering is not going to help the Celtics on the court. However, in light of the Rolling Stone article about Aaron Hernandez it's uplifting to see three men under the age of 22 spend some of their August with kids, trying to make their lives better.
Olynyk even stuck around for an extra hour to hang out and sign autographs for people at Canobie Lake Park after being told he could leave. Those are the little things that fans sometimes do not realize. Atheletes are asked to help out, volunteer their time, and make others' days better off the court too.
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