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January 11, 2013

Gym dandy

Celtics foundation gives Bruce School new gymnasium


“I’ve got chills watching this,” said Grousbeck, as the kids were going through dribbling drills in front of him only minutes after the doors opened.

“Lawrence is a place we want to help,” said Grousbeck. “I love this gym. Half of the floor is used as a cafeteria. These kids deserve a nice gym. We just want them to know we care about them.”

After the clinic, which was directed by Lee, Wilcox and Dooling, the rest of the student body - all 600 students - came to the gym to take part in the official ceremony.

Grousbeck, Lee, Wilcox, Dooling and “Lucky” all spoke to the enthusiastic audience, which was entertained with a DJ.

Lee told a story of when he was in grade school and took part in a reading course that put him ahead of his grade.

Grousbeck said while the Celtics only offer 15 jobs on the court, there are more than 100 off it. “If you graduate from high school or college, send us your resume,” said Grousbeck, with a few hundred kids wildly approving.

The fact that there are so many students at the Bruce School, which is for kids in second through eighth grade, made it a no-brainer for the foundation.

“This is an important age group,” said Katie Green, director of the Shamrock Foundation. “The first year the focus was on computer labs. This year it is gymnasiums. It’s really cool, because the Celtics players, which help raise money the foundation, chose gymnasiums. When you look at all of these kids, you realize what a great thing this is.”

How great? Principal Merz took it a step further.

“This school has been around a long time,” said Merz. “I believe this is one of the best things to ever happen to the Bruce School.”

You can email Bill Burt at bburt@eagletribune.com.

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