Congressman Honored for Championing People Who Are Blind and Deaf During Perkins Night at the Celtics

WHAT:              Perkins Night at the Celtics & “Heroes Among Us” Presentation
WHO:               Edward Markey, U.S. Representative, Massachusetts 7th Congressional District
WHERE:           TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston MA, 02114
DATE:              Monday, January 23, 2012
Approximate Timeline
TIME:                Pre-game (approx. 7:20pm) – National Anthem
WHO:               Perkins School for the Blind Chorus sings “The Star Spangled Banner”
Secondary school students, including baritone John Castillo.
TIME:                “Heroes Among Us” Presentation 2nd quarter/Second full time out (approx. 8:25pm)
WHO:               Edward Markey, U.S. Representative
HALF TIME:      Presentation of $50,000 check from the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation
to Perkins School for the Blind (approx. 8:45pm)
WHO:               Wyc Grousbeck, Celtics CEO and co-owner and Steven Rothstein, Perkins President

Celebrating the long-standing partnership between the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation and Perkins School for the Blind, the Boston Celtics “Heroes Among Us” program honors Rep. Markey for a lifetime of fighting for the rights of people with disabilities. Congressman Markey’s national leadership in authoring the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act is the most recent chapter in a career of constant and tireless effort to make all communications media accessible for all Americans. Students at Perkins School for the Blind, which is in Markey’s 7th Congressional District, have experienced first-hand the impact of their Congressman’s advocacy.

The Boston Celtics Heroes Among Us program is one of the premier community outreach programs in professional sports. The Heroes Among Us Award is presented to an individual or individuals who, through their unique commitment and humanitarian spirit, have made exceptional and lasting contributions to our community. At each home game, the Celtics and their fans salute the exemplary efforts of these citizens during a special in-game presentation on the legendary parquet floor. This program is proudly presented by the Mass State Lottery.
Perkins School for the Blind provides education and services to help build productive, meaningful lives for 200,000 children and adults who are blind or deafblind, including those with additional disabilities in the U.S. and 65 countries worldwide. Founded in 1829, Perkins pursues this mission around the world, in the community, and on its 100-year-old Watertown, Mass., campus. Learn more online at
About the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation
The Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation benefits our children directly through programs that provide education and support. The foundation currently partners with Perkins School for the Blind, Boston Children’s, Horizons for Homeless Children, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC), Berklee College of Music and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston. For more information on the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation, visit the community section on