Celtics wear patch to honor responders
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
NEW YORK – The Boston Celtics will wear a patch honoring Boston’s courage and perseverance during and after the Boston Marathon bombing tragedy.
The Celtics unveiled the patch on Saturday just before Game 1 of their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series against the New York Knicks.
The patch, which will remain on Boston’s jerseys throughout the postseason, is blue with a gold heart in the middle surrounded by a gold wreath and the words “Boston Stands As One.”
The organization also announced on Saturday several initiatives to support victims of the bombing. The Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation has pledged to raise $200,000 for The One Fund Boston. The Shamrock Foundation will donate $100,000 and plans to raise another $100,000.
“Our Celtics family and our fans join all Bostonians in demonstrating our city’s great strength by coming together to stand as one to get through this difficult time ,” Boston Celtics managing partner and Shamrock Foundation President Stephen Pagliuca said in a statement. “We are proud of all the heroic efforts that were made during this horrible tragedy and would like to show our support to those victimized by this terrible act.”
The Celtics teamed up with adidas and created limited edition T-shirts with the words “Boston Stands As One.” Celtics players wore the shirt during pregame warmups on Saturday. All proceeds from sales of the 2,620 shirts will be donated to The One Fund Boston. The shirts can be purchased at Celtics.com/shop.
The franchise is also giving ticketholders to the canceled April 16 Indiana Pacers game the opportunity to donate their refund to The One Fund, and all 50/50 in-game raffle proceeds during the playoffs will also be given to The One Fund.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Friday was an unusual day for the team, which left Boston on Thursday. One suspect died early Friday and the other suspect, captured alive, remained at large until Friday night.
“Yesterday was a strange day,” Rivers said. “You’re going to practice with your guys on the phone and literally everyone calling home and yelling, “Stay in the house.’ I told our staff we were going to make a lot of … [For more on Boston Celtics wear patch to honor Marathon responders, click here.]