August 31, 201731

Colneth Smiley
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Action for Boston Community Development presents

7th Annual Hoop Dreams at TD Garden

Hosted by LA Clippers Coach Doc Rivers, Celtics Coach Brad Stevens

& Boston Sportswriter Bob Ryan

Corporate Fundraiser Benefits ABCD WorkSMART – Initiative to Keep Teens in School


For the seventh consecutive year, ABCD presents Hoop Dreams at TD Garden, inviting corporate sponsored teams to square up on the legendary Celtics parquet and under the iconic championship banners, starting at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017.


A spin-off of Field of Dreams – played on Fenway Park, Hoop Dreams is a fundraising event inspired and established by Coach Doc Rivers just a few years after winning the 2008 NBA Championship with the Boston Celtics. Although he now coaches for the LA Clippers, Doc Rivers returns to Boston to ensure that his favorite Boston charity event continues and thrives.


Thanks to the continued and growing support from TD Garden, Garden Neighborhood Charities, Boston Celtics, Celtics Coach Brad Stevens, and former Boston Globe sports columnist Bob Ryan – funds raised from Hoop Dreams benefits ABCD’s WorkSMART program which provides low-income youth with work experience, tutoring, counseling, and an incentive to stay in school.


“Being allowed to play on the floor in the Garden in front of myself and Brad Stevens and Celtics legends, it’s a very cool thing,” said Coach Doc Rivers. “I love that the proceeds go towards ABCD WorkSMART. Students stay in school and prepare for careers with real support, and have real success.” 


“We are thrilled that Hoop Dreams supporters are stepping up to help meet the challenge and invest in our youth,” said ABCD President/CEO John Drew. “On September 6th we’re meshing Hoop Dreams star power, gamesmanship and corporate excitement with the huge needs of our underserved youth. WorkSMART will give these future stars experience and supportive services that can make a difference.”


Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey – a former college basketball athlete, returns to bring her skills and some heat in this co-ed tournament.


After the match-up games, players and VIP-guests are invited to a Post-Game Party hosted by Bob Ryan along with a Q&A with Coach Rivers and Coach Stevens, organizers, and special guests inside Legends, a private restaurant and bar located on level 3 of TD Garden, at 8 p.m.


This year’s Hoop Dream corporate sponsor teams include:



The Varano Group

Eaton Vance

Team Oracle (not an Oracle company sponsorship)

Media All-Stars

*The ABCD Dream Team (sponsored by an anonymous donor)


Additions Sponsors: Aetna, Eastern Bank, CeltiCare Health


ABCD thanks Amy Latimer, TD Garden President, & Garden Neighborhood Charities for their continued support in making this event possible.


Prior to, during, and after the event supporters can share their pictures, videos, and posts through social media via #ABCDHOOPDREAMS and follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

ABCD is grateful for our corporate sponsors and their generous contributions. We ask the general public to partner with us as well in efforts to raise more funds that in turn will reach more students, setting them on a path to success. Visit BostonABCD.org to donate and learn more.

For more information regarding Hoop Dreams please contact Liz McCarthy at (617) 348­6244 or email elizabeth.mccarthy@bostonabcd.org.


About Garden Neighborhood Charities

Garden Neighborhood Charities is the philanthropic arm of the TD Garden. Its mission is to provide support, through grants, in­kind donations, volunteerism and community events, to charitable organizations and programs making a positive impact in our neighborhood of Greater Boston. Garden Neighborhood Charities is committed to bringing the excitement and lasting memories of live entertainment and sporting events to those in our neighborhoods who might not otherwise have access to such fulfilling experiences. Garden Neighborhood Charities is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization.


About ABCD

A Massachusetts-based nonprofit human services organization, ABCD provides low income residents in the Boston and Mystic Valley areas with the tools, support, and resources they need to transition from poverty to stability and from stability to success. Each year, we’ve served more than 100,000 individuals, elders and families through a broad range of innovative initiatives as well as long-established, proven programs and services. For more than 50 years, ABCD has been deeply rooted in each neighborhood we serve, empowering individuals and families and supporting them in their quest to live with dignity and achieve their highest potential. For more, please visit bostonabcd.org.