My boys both love basketball (especially my 14 year old who is OBSESSED) and they love rooting for their favorite team – The Celtics. We’re going to our first game of the season in a few weeks and then in December both of my boys will be participating in one of the Jr. Celtics Clinics at the TD Garden (also, it’s really hard for me not to call it the Boston Garden). My two did one of the Jr. Celtics Clinics last year (read all about our experience here), so they are pumped to do it again.
The Boston Celtics have expanded the Jr. Celtics program this year by adding a series of new programs and events. The Jr. Celtics program teaches 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.
The core values of Boston Celtics Basketball taught throughout Jr. Celtics programming include:
- Habits learned on the court impact the way we live our lives after the games are over.
- Everyone has a role to play. Star in your role as a player, parent, or coach.
- Improve your skills, become a better teammate, and perform like a champion.
Jr. Celtics provides opportunities for all ages and skill levels. The following programs and events are currently scheduled for the season:
Jr. Celtics Basketball Clinics Presented by TD Bank
Jr. Celtics Basketball Clinics presented by TD Bank will host several basketball clinics throughout the 2018-19 regular season at TD Garden, the Auerbach Center and other local basketball facilities featuring:
- 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
Jr. Celtics Night at TD Garden
On March 16 when the Celtics host the Atlanta Hawks, it will be “Jr. Celtics Night” at the Garden, the team’s annual in-arena celebration of youth basketball featuring:
- Jr. Celtics Coach of the Year Presentation
- Jr. Celtics Academy Captains Recognition
- Concourse Youth Basketball Activations
- One lucky team playing in the Jr. Celtics youth basketball tournament will be surprised with tickets to the game
Jr. Celtics Academy Presented by New England Baptist Hospital
The Jr. Celtics Academy presented by New England Baptist Hospital is a free youth basketball program for community centers and non-profit organizations in Boston featuring a skill development, sportsmanship and leadership curriculum for 3rd-6th grade boys and girls. The program teaches participants fundamental basketball skills through drills and games designed by Celtics coaches. Participants are challenged to improve their performance in measurable ways over the course of five weeks. Top 10% of “improvers” at each site get rewarded with an exclusive Jr. Celtics Academy All-Star Gift Bag. One nominated Captain from each site will receive two tickets to a Celtics home game and be recognized on court during a halftime presentation.
Celtics Camps Presented by New Balance
Celtics Camps presented by New Balance will be back for the Summer of 2019 featuring the best instructors in the country and a curriculum dedicated to improving campers’ skills both on and off the basketball court.
Additional programs and events will be announced throughout the season. For more information, visit Celtics.com/JrCeltics.
If you’re child is a Celtics super fan like my oldest son is, the Jr. Celtics program will provide the ultimate basketball experience for them. You can sign your kids up for an upcoming event here.