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5 Ways Boston Celtics Players Have Been Doing Some Good This Offseason

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5 Ways Boston Celtics Players Have Been Doing Some Good This Offseason

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It never ceases to amaze me how quickly athletes get into trouble. Hand a guy a few million dollars and four or five months to do whatever he wants, and all sorts of nasty things ensue. This is especially unpleasant to watch when the nasty thing ensuing involves the player on your favorite team.

The bright side is, there are some guys that use their excessive money, time and celebrity status to do some good in the community. While the Boston Celtics offseason was a dark one in basketball terms, here are five guys who decided they could do something worthwhile in the community.

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5. Gerald Wallace

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I understand there aren’t many people in Boston who won’t be happy to see Gerald Wallace in the fall, but Wallace managed to make some new fans and friends this August. No, Wallace wasn’t hanging out in the locker room. Instead, he was with students in the Alabama School for the Deaf answering questions and spending time with them.

According to the story on, the president of the school said that the visit greatly lifted the kid’s spirits, and even ended with Wallace getting his own sign from one of the students at the school. Wallace, an Alabama native was glad to spend the time and said he greatly enjoyed it. Wallace also started the Gerald Wallace foundation in efforts to further help kids of his home state overcome disabilities to enjoy basketball, and life, the best they can.

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4. Chris Wilcox

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When a player is done for the season, usually assigning them to a golf course somewhere is a smart remark meant to get under a fans skin. I’ll be honest; I was the first to tweet about Dwight Howard hitting the links this season after the train wreck that LA’s trip to the playoffs. However, Celtics forward Chris Wilcox played a lot of golf aver the summer, and was proud of it.

In his “Power Forward to Save Lives Golf Outing” Wilcox and others formed teams in hopes of winning a tournament in which hall fees would go to the Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter or the Mid-America Affiliate of the American Heart Association. The cause was especially important to Wilcox because his career was nearly ended by a heart condition, and has lost two Aunts to Lupus. His sister currently struggles with it as well. This year marks the fifth time Wilcox has hosted the event, and there are no known plans to stop there.

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3. Danny Ainge

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I know Danny Ainge hasn’t played for the Celtics since 1989, but he’s certainly been around since then. Ainge volunteered to be a part of a panel composed of Boston sports figures. The event, held at Fenway Park, involved the panel discussing everything from charity itself, to playing in Boston, to winning Championships, says

All proceeds generated from the event went to Ahold USA, a group whose efforts are to aid local families in the Boston area. Ainge was joined by Shawn Thornton of the Boston Bruins, Pedro Martinez formerly of the Boston Red Sox, and other notable sports figures.

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2. Jordan Crawford

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Even the most … unique of Celtics players has a heart for giving back. Crawford was joined by Celtics coach Brad Stevens as well as Kelly Olynyk and Colton Iverson at a local elementary school to discuss the importance of everything from healthy eating, to exercise, to simple kindness. When asked about speaking to the kids, Crawford said that he wanted to, “say simple things, things that they would catch.”

While I can’t imagine Crawford would do very well at teaching the fourth grade, he went on to point out how the kids look up to NBA stars. Afterwards, Crawford and the rest of the Celtics played games with the kids in the gymnasium until the end of the day.

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1. Brandon Bass

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Easily the most off the wall way of giving to a good cause in this group, Brandon Bass is going to raise awareness in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club by having a swimming lesson. Bass confessed that due to his upbringing, he never learned how to swim, and never really needed to. Many children are raised in an urban environment, and therefore can’t swim either. Bass believes by inspiring kids to learn how, he can inspire more youth to take initiative to learn how to survive should they ever fall into water.

Soon, Bass and ten children will take to the waters of the Boston Sports Club pool for a swimming lesson. What many may see as a novelty or fun exercise, Bass rightly sees as an issue that should be addressed. quotes Bass as saying “Even if you don’t want to swim, it’s important to learn in case you need to.”