Players from sponsor teams comprised of generous Boston businesses and groups of SuperFans turned their dreams into reality last month at the 11th annual ABCD Hoop Dreams, the iconic charity basketball tournament played on the legendary TD Garden parquet.
Our incredible sponsors had the chance to drive the lane and shoot that buzzer three-pointer – while making a huge impact on the lives of young people in need of resources and opportunities including Burlington Motors, Encore Boston Harbor, Family Practice Group, Merchant Resource Group, Morgan Stanley, No Books No Ball, The Varano Group and Vertex Pharmaceuticals.
Event chair Peter Damato, CEO of Merchant Resource Group said, “For me, it’s just a labor of love. I love Boston sports — I love the Celtics. There’s a lot of cool stuff that happens during Hoop Dreams. Those sponsorship funds that go to the community through ABCD are so critical.”
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. 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.
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 Dreamssupport ABCD’syouth 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.