Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Community corner: Court makeovers
By Chris Forsberg
Chris Forsberg/ESPNBoston.comThe Donlan family surround their cousin, Timothy Stevens, who helped earn their court makeover.
MEDFORD, Mass. -- The Donlan family of Medford, one of this year's three "Home Court" makeover winners, received a Celtics-themed driveway and bedroom renovation courtesy of the team and RE/MAX of New England.
Celtics forward/center Glen Davis and legend Cedric Maxwell visited the Donlans Monday to celebrate the court makeover, which featured a driveway resealing, new basket stanchion, backboard, scoreboard, ball rack and other Celtics-themed accessories. After joking about taking a swim in the family's pool, Davis engaged in (and dominated) some 1-on-1 action with the children on hand for the event.
That group included the Donlan's three children: Jimmy, Tommy, and Erin. They were nominated by their cousin, Timothy Stevens, an 18-year-old who suffers from complex health care needs and development delays that restrict him to a wheelchair. Stevens drew some of the biggest cheers of the day for his part in making the court makeover a reality.
"I'm just glad to be a part of this," said Davis. "I"m glad they want me to be here. I love coming out and making people smile and being part of something worthwhile."
With the "Home Court" program now in its sixth year, Davis will visit two other families later this week -- the Shaye family of Natick and the Thames family of Randolph.
“The RE/MAX Home Court Program is one of our most successful and impactful community initiatives and we look forward to working with RE/MAX of New England to award three lucky fans with a new home basketball court this year,” Celtics President Rich Gotham said. “RE/MAX has been a great partner of the team and each year we get more and more fans submitting entries to this tremendous program.”