Dec 262018
 
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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.

A Jr. Celtics Gameday Clinic is an unforgettable experience for young basketball fans. Learn what it means to "be a Celtic" on the court of the TD Garden.

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.

A Jr. Celtics Gameday Clinic is an unforgettable experience for young basketball fans. Learn what it means to "be a Celtic" on the court of the TD Garden.

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

A Jr. Celtics Gameday Clinic is an unforgettable experience for young basketball fans. Learn what it means to "be a Celtic" on the court of the TD Garden.

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

A Jr. Celtics Gameday Clinic is an unforgettable experience for young basketball fans. Learn what it means to "be a Celtic" on the court of the TD Garden.

  • 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 Jr. Celtics Gameday Clinic is an unforgettable experience for young basketball fans. Learn what it means to "be a Celtic" on the court of the TD Garden.

  • 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.

A Jr. Celtics Gameday Clinic is an unforgettable experience for young basketball fans. Learn what it means to "be a Celtic" on the court of the TD Garden.

  • 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.

A Jr. Celtics Gameday Clinic is an unforgettable experience for young basketball fans. Learn what it means to "be a Celtic" on the court of the TD Garden.

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.

A Jr. Celtics Gameday Clinic is an unforgettable experience for young basketball fans. Learn what it means to "be a Celtic" on the court of the TD Garden.

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.


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  28 Responses to “Experiencing a Jr. Celtics Gameday Clinic”

  1. Sounds like a great program for those kids that enjoy playing basketball. Shame they don’t get to meet any current players.

  2. That looks like so much fun! I would love to do this for my son! He LOVES sports and something like this would be perfect.

  3. My son isn’t into sports, but my daughter is! She’d have a blast with this I’m sure. She always likes to play basketball.

  4. This looks like something my son would love. He loves basketball and the Celtics team.

  5. We were playing Heads Up and the category was sports. My kids totally got this one with one clue. I pointed to the tv and said “The team playing right now”. Yep, the Celtics were playing! They then explained alllllll… the players I could have named instead of pointing to the tv. I didn’t realize they were such Celtics fans. They would totally love this Jr. clinic

  6. This would be really cool for any basketball fans. I mean I would def go!

  7. Wow, this would be such a cool experience for a Celtics fan or basketball player in general. It looks like such a neat program and definitely an unforgettable experience.

  8. That is such a fun experience. My kids would love to do something like this with our local team.

  9. This sounds like a great experience. Would be really cool. I know my boys would love something like this!

  10. Very cool! We live in Chicago suburbs and my kids are Bulls fans – which is hard to admit at the moment.

  11. That looks like so much fun for any young basketball fan. I love that the Celtics are doing this.

  12. I can see a young basketball lover getting some amazing guidance and inspiration from this clinic. I think it’s so great that the Celtics are giving back to their fans like this.

  13. Oh wow. That would be every little boy’s dream! It is awesome that the Celtics provided the young fans and opportunity to learn the sport.

  14. Jr. Celtics program sounds like an great activity for kids. I am glad that Jr. Celtics Gameday Clinic offers both educational and exercise opportunities for teens, and even allow them to meet former players.

  15. I couldn’t imagine any kid who loves basketball that wouldn’t love this. They look like they’re having so much fun!

  16. Oh my goodness!! This sounds like such a fun opportunity. My son would love something like that with his favorite team. So fun!

  17. This looks like it would be so much fun! I bet that it was such an awesome opportunity to learn so much stuff.

  18. Our son took a basketball camp with the Atlanta Hawks last year. It was definitely for kids who are serious about basketball. Our son just likes to shoot around and have fun.

  19. my oldest is a great basketball player and she would love this!

  20. What a great experience for the kids. I would have loved to have done something like this when I was a kid.

  21. I bet this was a fun experience for all the kids. A great way to get kids into playing basketball.

  22. This is something my kids would love to do! They’re big basketball fans. Looks like a great time!

  23. I saw this on your Instagram stories and knew my son would LOVE to do something like this. I am looking into it in our area.

  24. That looks like an awesome experience. I know my family would love it there too. I love that this is a thing!

  25. This looks like such a fun experience. I know my son would love this!

  26. This looks like a really great opportunity for kids! I wish they had something like that for our softball teams in town.

  27. What a wonderful experience! I am so glad that your son had this opportunity and enjoyed it!

  28. I bet your kid loves it! For sure it will be an unforgettable experience. My son starts loving the basketball and boy scout now