Thank You Boston Celtics for Naming Me Tonight’s “Hero Among Us”

Earlier this week I received a phone call from the Boston Celtics organization, a phone call I didn’t believe was real.  It wasn’t until this evening, as I was standing on center court with cheering crowds surrounding me, that I realized how real that phone call was.  Tonight, I was honored with the Celtics’ “Heroes Among Us” award and I was humbled by the experience.

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The “Heroes Among Us” initiative was established in the fall of 1997 and “honors those individuals who have made an overwhelming impact on the lives of others.”  To date, the Boston Celtics Charitable Foundation has awarded 650 individuals with the award, each receiving their own game to shine.
 
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I feel very fortunate to have received so much attention for the work I am doing.  When I began my journey to create dance4empowerment, I never imagined receiving this much recognition and I am so thankful for all the positive attention, attention that will help the program grow and spread the word.  Standing in the center of the Celtics basketball court in front of over 15,000 people was so surreal.  I couldn’t stop smiling because the whole time I was thinking about how much this opportunity will, in the end, help so many students with disabilities uncover the benefits of dance.

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I am very thankful for the many people who have recognized the work that I’m doing and supported me on my journey.  Please click the link below to watch a video of the presentation from tonight’s game: http://performancehealthcenter.wistia.com/medias/7mwxwe5f00.

Dance, move, and empower,

Sierra