Celtics CommUNITY Crew

Yesterday the co-ops and I had the opportunity to volunteer at Mattahunt Elementary School and Community Center in Mattapan, MA.  We were invited by the Celtics community crew along with volunteers from the Celtics staff, season ticket holders, President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge, Dana Barros, City Year, YMCA, and other community partners.

City Year team leaders organized 6 projects throughout the school to be completed by over 150 people within the 2 day event.  Projects included building benches and an outdoor classroom, organizing the school library, cleaning up the school yard and painting inspirational quotes and a mural.  As team 6 we were responsible for painting the mural that sketched out by a City Year team member.  This project was really rewarding because it was very hands on and it will be the first thing the kids see when they walk into the community center.

The artist behind the mural wanted to inspire the students to achieve their educational goals while uniting their community.  Going off the Celtics theme of “unity”, the mural was painted with shades of green and emphasized togetherness.  The work was long and tedious, but by the end of the day we were able to step back and see what we had accomplished.  Right before closing ceremonies Governor Deval Patrick and Senator Scott Brown stopped by to contribute to the work we were doing on the mural.  I even got to work alongside Governor Patrick and speak with him about Sport in Society and how every little effort makes a big difference.

Yesterday was the kick off day to many volunteer and community outreach projects sponsored by the Celtics CommUNITY Crew. The other co-ops and I had a great time and felt like we really made a difference for Mattahunt School and community. We look forward to future projects and events.

Below are some pictures from the event:

Ready to work
Center of mural

Co-ops posing about halfway through the painting process
Almost complete

Posted by: Elizabeth Stern