Exclusive access to event co-hosts Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations, Brad Stevens, and Sports Columnist & basketball guru Bob Ryan
Event Chair: Peter Damato, CEO, Merchant Resource Group
(BOSTON, MA) – On Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at 6:00 p.m., players from sponsor teams comprised of generous Boston businesses and groups of SuperFans will turn their dreams into reality at the 11th annual ABCD Hoop Dreams, the iconic charity basketball tournament played on the legendary TD Garden parquet. Participants can drive the lane or shoot that buzzer three-pointer – while making a huge impact on the lives of young people in need of resources and opportunities.
Hoop Dreams is seeking sponsors at the $10,000 level to form teams of up to 16 people to play at TD Garden. In addition to half–court play on the legendary parquet floor, players attend an exclusive catered Q&A with Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations Brad Stevens and sports columnist Bob Ryan; are allowed an unlimited guest list; receive Hoop Dreams Jerseys and inclusion in all marketing material, including their company or team logo on the Celtics concourse LED ring. Tournament champions will be presented with the coveted trophy. Not able to field a team? Sponsor a youth team or visit bostonabcd.org/donate to make a donation. More information about sponsorship is available at abcdhoopdreams.org or call Liz McCarthy at 617.620.6949.
Thanks to the generosity of TD Garden and its president, Amy Latimer, Garden Neighborhood Charities, the Boston Celtics, and participating businesses and friends, tax-deductible donations to Hoop Dreams support ABCD’s youth programs which help young people academically, place them in paid jobs, provide career readiness and other skills that will last a lifetime – they learn vital skills like leadership, collaboration, civic engagement and personal finance. Hoop Dreams is an excellent way to thank your employees and bolster morale after a very tough couple of years – all while helping Greater Boston’s vulnerable youth who have a world of potential.
Hoop Dreams was founded by NBA Championship-winning coach Doc Rivers during his tenure as Boston Celtics head coach, along with his good friend, Bob Ryan and ABCD’s Bob Elias. Rivers, who now leads the Philadelphia 76ers, is preparing for the upcoming NBA season.
Rivers said that ABCD’s impact in communities across Boston led him to get involved. “An ABCD fan for life, I encourage the business community and groups of friends to suit up a team and be part of Hoop Dreams. It will be an unforgettable night, and you’ll make a huge difference in the lives of young people,” said Rivers.
Upon Doc Rivers’ departure from Boston, he enlisted his successor Brad Stevens as his Hoop Dreams co-host. Stevens is now the Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations.
“I’m always glad to be part of Hoop Dreams to support ABCD programs that create opportunity for young people in Boston and improve their lives overall. A fun night of basketball can help change lives. Hope to see you there,” said Brad Stevens.
ABCD President and CEO Sharon Scott-Chandler said COVID-19 greatly increased the need for services in lower-income communities. “With parents out of work during COVID, income from youth services programs provided much needed resources to families stretched thin. At the same time, our youth clients have re-engaged since the COVID shut-down and obtained career development and skills training toward a brighter future. We are grateful to our supporters and the teams who pay to play at TD Garden, helping the next generation make their way to a better future,” Scott-Chandler said.
All Hoop Dreams participants and their guests must adhere to TD Garden COVID-19 Protocols.
The following companies fielded or sponsored teams last year: Aetna, Burlington Motors, Clark & Elbing, Eaton Vance Merchant Resource Group, The Varano Group, Wellesley Mazda and Vertex
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. For more, please visit tdgarden.com/Garden-Neighborhood-Charities.
A Massachusetts-based nonprofit human services organization, ABCD provides disadvantaged 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 serve 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 60 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.