05/16/2006 4:13 PM ET
Celtics mascot LUCKY and Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster to visit with patients at Hasboro Children's Hospital
Celtics and Red Sox mascots to raise spirits by visiting with patients hospital in Providence, RI
BOSTON -- Boston Celtics mascot LUCKY and Boston Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster will raise the spirits of hospital-bound patients when they visit Hasboro Children's Hospital in Providence, RI on Wednesday, May 17 at 11 am.
The mascots will visit more than 80 children, spending time with each patient and distributing gifts courtesy of the Boston Celtics and the Boston Red Sox. This hospital visit is part of a series of visits LUCKY and Wally the Green Monster will make throughout New England during the summer and fall as part of their attempt to reach children in the community.
"It is very rewarding to spend time with these brave children," LUCKY said. "It brings me joy to see that we are able to help brighten the day of these patients and bring a smile to their faces."
"We are very lucky to have two great organizations, the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Celtics, who are committed to supporting children's hospitals. The visit by Wally and LUCKY will be a wonderful diversion for our young patients," Joseph Amaral, MD, President of Rhode Island Hospital and its Hasbro Children's Hospital said. "We look forward to continued relationships with both the Red Sox and Celtics, and on behalf of all our patients and their families, thanks for taking the time to visit with us."
About the Boston Celtics Community Outreach
A charter member of the National Basketball Association since 1946, the Boston Celtics have won a record 16 NBA Championships, including eight (8) in a row from 1959-1966, and have won NBA titles in three different eras. In December 2002 the team returned to local ownership for the first time since 1963. At that time, the new ownership group took upon the task of launching the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation (BCSF). The mission of the BCSF is to extend the reach of the Celtics championship legacy into our community. The Shamrock Foundation benefits our children directly, through programs that provide education and support. For more information on the Celtics and our community outreach, visit www.celtics.com.
About the Boston Red Sox Community Outreach
When the Boston Red Sox' ownership group led by John W. Henry successfully outbid competitors to purchase the club on December 20, 2001, the club's leaders made five commitments, the fundamental obligations of ownership, and have remained faithful to all five principles over the last four-plus seasons. One of the commitments was to be active participants in the community in terms of charitable and philanthropic activities, and the new leadership of the Red Sox has taken that outreach to new levels. Immediately after completing the purchase of the club on February 27, 2002, the new ownership group established the Red Sox Foundation, and ever since, has made commitments that have now exceeded $18 million. In addition to many other community initiatives, Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster has joined the club's uniformed staff and alumni to set club records for community appearances. In 2005, Wally made 271 appearances to schools, hospitals and other special events. Wally is poised to eclipse that mark in 2006, having already made 108 community appearances.