McCarty was a big hit with the packed gym, signing a verse of a religious song.
“I wasn’t just about basketball,” said McCarty, who won an NCAA championship while playing at the University of Kentucky before spending parts of eight seasons with the Celtics after being drafted by the Knicks. “I always had an interest in music. I sang in my church choir. I also liked school.”
Green said he realized the importance of education while he was out for an entire season last with a major heart disorder that was repaired after a difficult surgery last January.
“I was scared,” said Green. “You realize that basketball isn’t everything. It got me thinking about other things in my life, like coaching. I love working with kids. That’s why it was important that I finished my education last year. It wasn’t easy, but it meant a lot to me and my family.”
The loudest cheers of the day were, of course, during “Lucky’s” routine in which he jumped on a mini-trampoline and performed various dunks, the last of which he jumped over Wetherbee principal Colleen Lennon while taking the ball from her hand before slamming it amid the loudest cheers of the day.
“This was a great thing for our school and our kids,” said Ms. Gonzalez. “The kids not only learned something about helping our environment but a lot of their parents got involved, too. It was really special. And to have Jeff Green come to our school, and our class ... We’ll never forget it.”
Wetherbee School won challenge The Celtics and J.N. Phillips Auto offered a challenge on Feb. 25 to the Wetherbee School in Lawrence, to see if they could collect more recyclable bottles than the 40,000 that the Guilmette School collected. Well, they not only beat it, but they doubled it, collecting 82,600 bottles, including 14,831 collected by the seventh grade class of Patricia Gonzalez. Because it collected the most, Ms. Gonzalez's class got a personal visit by Celtics forward Jeff Green and each student received a ticket to a future Celtics game.