The city all-stars finally got their acknowledgement from thousands of fans at TD Garden Sunday at Game 4 of the Celtics Knicks first-round playoff series. The boys and girls were split into two co-ed teams and played a seven-minute scrimmage at halftime in front of a crowd of 18,624 fans.
“It was exciting, exhilarating," said Ceejae Agnew-Carter of Dorchester. "There was a whole bunch of things going through my mind at that time."
The honor came after the all stars were overlooked during the Celtics-Wizards game April 7. The players were supposed to be honored either during pregame or halftime, but no one ever came to get them from their seats.
After that game, the Boston Scholar Athletes program and the Celtics organization vowed to make up for the mistake.
“They’re a classy organization,” BSA director Chris Rooks said of the Celtics. “They’re one of our best partners overall and we were really happy they were able to bring our kids out on to the court and showcase their accomplishments amongst 18,000 or 19,000 people at the TD Garden.”
Brighton’s Hugh Coleman and Latin Academy’s Emily Coleman led the all-stars onto the court as the recipients of Coach of the Year honors. The couldn’t express enough appreciation for the Celtics and the BSA.
“They went above and beyond by even providing us with jerseys, and it was great," said Emily Coleman. "Trophies, acknowledgement at the halftime so it was great. It was great. I really appreciate the Celtics but also the BSA making it right."
Latin Academy’s Fiona Sugrue and Agnew-Carter took home MVP honors from the scrimmage.
“It was a really good idea to have us play to show what we can do and how we’re all together,” Sugrue said.
Agnew-Carter said he would love to return to the court – as a member of the Celtics.
“I’m going to try and go to college, get an education, and then try and pursue those dreams,” Agnew-Carter said.
Zolan Kanno-Youngs covers Boston Public school athletics. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @KannoYoungs.
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