Friday, January 18, 2013

Celtics' Seats For Soldiers night a reminder of the good sports can do

By Zachary Baru

On Monday the Boston Celtics hosted their sixth annual Seats For Soldiers night at TD Garden during their game against the Charlotte Bobcats.  This night is an example of the many ways sports can make a positive affect on society, and what better way to do it than to have over 1,200 United States armed service members receiving free tickets to the game. 

The Boston Celtics have long had a history for giving back to their community, which is one of many reasons why this franchise is so beloved by the region.  The Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation is an example of this, which is a community initiative partnering with New England non-profit youth charities. 

Seeing over one thousand armed service members in uniform at TD Garden is quite a site.  Even better is seeing Rajon Rondo high fiving a young man in uniform in the front row during the middle of the game.  It is that connection of famous athletes showing their support and pride for our troops that gives us perspective of who our true heros really are.

A message like this is not delivered every game, which is why it is important that nights like Monday exist.  There is often so many negative stories in sports, and franchises sometimes get looked upon as stricly being a business, not having any community incentive.  Seats For Sodiers night proves both of those accusations wrong, and provides an opportunity for sports to play a positive role in society.  Even if it is something as simple as season ticket holders donating free tickets to service men and women who cannot possibly be paid back for their bravery.

Zach Baru can be followed on Twitter @zbaru, and reached at

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