On March 9th I stood at the center of the Boston Celtics’ basketball court in the TD Garden and received a very humbling standing ovation from over 18,000 fans. A week ago, I received my official award from the Celtics at their annual Heroes Among Us ceremony at the MA State House. Sitting with the 2013-2014 season’s cohort of Heroes Among Us award recipients and hearing their incredible stories was truly inspiring.
From left to right: Treasurer Steve Grossman, Boston Celtics President Rich Gotham, Sierra Weiss, Celtics Legend Tommy Heinsohn, and Bianca de la Garza
The “Heroes Among Us” initiative was established in 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.
The fact that an organization like the Boston Celtics recognizes someone from the community at each home game every season and takes the time to share their heroism with their fans, players, and opponents is amazing. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to share this special moment with my family and colleagues. As an intern for Representative Kay Khan, co-Chair on the Committee on Families, Children, and Persons with Disabilities, I was honored to have her and her staff attend the ceremony.
From left to right, Representative Kay Khan, Treasurer Steve Grossman, Wyatt Mufson, Rich Gotham, Sierra Weiss, Debra Weiss, Tommy Heinsohn, Zoe Weiss, Bianca de la Garza, Selma Weiss, and Brad Weiss
I feel proud to have received this award. Every time I see it it reignites my passion for the work I’m doing to create dance programs for children with disabilities. Although the journey can be tough at times, moments like this ceremony keep me pushing forward in the hopes of creating a more inclusive community.
Dance, move, and empower,