If you know my 14 year old in real life, you already know that he’s OBSESSED with The Celtics. My youngest is a basketball fan, too, but JD lives and breathes for The Celts. Just imagine how pumped they were to have been invited back to participate in a Jr. Celtics Gameday Clinic for a 2nd year in a row! You can read all about our experience last year here. We went this past Sunday and I want to tell you all about it.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Jr. Celtics program, it’s a series of clinics in Boston (at the Garden and the Auerbach Center) that teaches young kids the core values of Boston Celtics Basketball as part of its mission to improve healthy youth development in the Boston community through basketball programs. Programs include Basketball Clinics, Coaches Clinics, Leagues, Tournaments and Summer Camps. Kids learn things like how to improve their skills, how to become a better teammate and to perform like a champion. Jr. Celtics provides opportunities for all ages and skill levels.
Participating in a Jr. Celtics Basketball Clinics includes:
- Appearances and coaching from Celtics VIPs
- Special edition Jr. Celtics gear
- Official team photographer coverage
- Exclusive access to Celtics facilities
- On-court training from specialists in youth basketball & development
If you are wondering what one of the Jr. Celtics Gameday Clinics is like, here’s what you can expect.
- You will meet in the lobby of the TD Garden starting approximately 30 minutes before the clinic starts.
- Once you’re checked in, everyone gets a Jr. Celtics t-shirt before heading through a bag check and then on to elevators to go upstairs to the main floor.
- The kids who participate are broken up into teams by age (that way all the younger kids are together, etc). Each group will have their own coach and the kids will work with their assigned coach for the whole clinic.
- The parents will be guided to a designated section where they can watch the drills/exercises, take photos and cheer the kids on.
- There is a “warm up” before the drills start, so the kids will have a chance to stretch
- There are several different stations in which the kids will rotate through while they’re there. Each station teaches them different skills like ball handling, defense and shooting.
- A team photographer is out on the court taking photos of the kids, so don’t worry if you didn’t get an award winning shot of your child on the court – all the event photos get emailed out after the event. I was a bit disappointed in the photos from the day my boys were there to be honest. I felt like the photographer focused heavily on the younger kids and there were not many shots of the older kids. My 11 year old was not in one photo that he took other than the team photo, so if you go – get up and take your own!
- A team photo will be taken at the end of the event & that will be included in the photos sent out by the team.
- The kids will not meet any current Boston Celtics players, but they will meet Lucky the mascot and possibly a former player. My kids got a chance to meet Dana Barros who played on the Celts many years ago.
- Since no outside food is allowed inside the arena, but be sure to bring a water.
- Photos taken by the team photographer get posted to the Jr. Celtics events page about a week after your clinic. You will get an email letting you know they’re up.
My two loved getting out onto the court at the TD Garden and being able to have this experience. Since JD is 14, this will be his last chance to do it, so he really made the most of it.
If you’re child is a Celtics super fan, the Jr. Celtics program will provide an unforgettable experience. You can sign your kids up for an upcoming event here.