Not a Prank! Milton Academy Actually Hosts Celtics Media Game
by Nina Taneja on Friday, June 10th, 2016
On May 17, 2016, Mr. Ball announced to the student body that Milton Academy would host a Celtics “legends” versus local media game the following day. He told students that the game would begin at the start of 4th period and that they were welcome to attend, provided they did not have class. Mr. Ball deliberately announced the game in person during an assembly, and not through email, to ensure that the public did not find out about the private Milton Academy event.
Soon after Mr. Ball’s announcement, the halls began to buzz with excitement at the prospect of having the Celtics actually on campus. However, when May 18th arrived, students were perhaps more confused than excited. The idea of a Celtics legends’ game happening at 10:45 AM on a Wednesday in the FCC was unusual. Many students believed, and the rumor spread, that the Celtics game was actually just a senior prank. In the day leading up to the game, class discussions furthered this tale, and students continued to send many texts and Snapchats in speculation. As it turns out, the senior prank rumor was just that: a rumor.
On Wednesday morning, students flooded into the ACC hoping to see the famed Boston team in action. Many expected a TD Garden atmosphere, complete with prominent athletes and a booming announcer. Students cut classes, teachers cancelled lessons, and friends got together to see the game that the Milton community had been awaiting for the past 24 hours. Milton Academy students and teachers filled the gym and crowded together on the bleachers, but not many Celtics players — past or present — showed up.
In fact, only a couple of professional players, including Leon Powe and Dana Barros, attended the game. Leon Powe played for the Celtics from 2006 to 2009, won a championship in 2008, and retired in 2014. Dana Barros, a Boston native, played for the Celtics from 1995 to 2000 and rejoined the team for the end of the 2003-2004 season before retiring. He now works in media relations for the Celtics.
However, neither Powe nor Barros played in the game — although Mr. Reddicks did! As Danny Little (III) said, the game “mainly consisted of a bunch of random adults playing an average game of basketball.” Even during the event, some students continued to believe that the game was indeed a senior prank. Needless to say, the game did not live up to many students’ expectations.
The game did include, however, a dazzling halftime show — what many called the highlight of the game. Lucky the Leprechaun, the Celtics mascot, revved up the audience with his lively antics. The Celtics Dunk Team joined Lucky as they jumped and flipped, making perfect dunks. The crowd loved it! The Celtics website says the group is “made up of eight performers with backgrounds in martial arts, breakdancing, acrobatics, and parkour.”
After the acrobatic performance, prizes were raffled off, a few lucky students won signed posters, headphones, and free registration at the Celtics basketball camp happening this summer at Milton. The camp, which typically occurs at the Celtics Training Facility in Waltham, will be taking place at Milton from June 27th to July 1st. The game’s motivation was to raise awareness and spirit about the summer program. Overall, the event brought some much needed excitement, camaraderie, and spirit to Milton Academy.
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