Boston Celtics, Optum Team Up with Louis W. Batchelder School for Day of Volunteering Boston Celtics and Optum visited Louis W. Batchelder in Hartford to beautify the school

Hartford, CT (October 13, 2015) – The Boston Celtics and Optum today teamed up with the Louis W. Batchelder School in Hartford to host a day to “Make a Difference through Volunteering.”
Batchelder Bobcats of the Month and Students of the Month joined super-fun Celtics rookies (l. to r.) Jordan Mickey, Terry Rozier, and R.J. Hunter for a game of kickball.
Celtics players, legends and volunteers, along with Optum volunteers and students from Louis W. Batchelder, completed projects designed by the Care Force division of City Year to help enhance areas around the school. The day of volunteering also included a school-wide assembly with all students, remarks from Celtics and Optum executives, and a post-event dinner.
It's good to be a Batchelder Bobcat of the Month!
Among those involved in the event were Celtics rookies R.J. Hunter, Jordan Mickey and Terry Rozier, Celtics Legends Leon Powe and Tom “Satch” Sanders, Celtics Dancers, Optum Executive Vice President Mike Matteo and Chief Engagement and Partnership Officer for the Hartford Public Schools Deidre Tavera.
“We were excited to spend time with the students of Batchelder at their school today,” said Rozier. “It was fun to play kickball and see all of the renovation projects take place.”
The students got a kick out of getting their shirts signed by the Celtics rookies.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Boston Celtics to create engaging, active, healthy areas for the students of Louis W. Batchelder School,” said Matteo, Executive Vice President, Optum.  
“On behalf of everyone at Hartford Public Schools we extend our thanks to the Celtics players, legends and volunteers, along with Optum volunteers, the Care Force division of City Year, and students, staff and community members from Louis W. Batchelder School who together completed so many exciting projects to improve the functionality and aesthetics in vital areas around the school,” said Dr. Beth Schiavino-Narvaez, Superintendent of Hartford Public Schools. “We are so appreciative of this invaluable partnership which comes together each year to support our schools and our students.”
The partnership between Optum and the Boston Celtics began in the spring of 2013. One of the main goals of this partnership is for employees of both organizations to engage in volunteer activities together to help improve their surrounding communities, a core value of both the Celtics and Optum.

About The Boston Celtics

A charter member of the Basketball Association of America (which evolved into the National Basketball Association) since 1946, the Boston Celtics have won a record 17 NBA Championships, including eight (8) in a row from 1959-1966, winning their first title in 1957 and their most recent in 2008. The Celtics have long stood for equality, and respect, including hiring the first African American Coach and starting the first all black starting five. In addition, 39 former Celtics players, management or staff have been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In December 2002 the team returned to local ownership for the first time since 1963. For more information on the Celtics, log on to

About Optum

Optum is a leading information and technology-enabled health services business dedicated to helping make the health system work better for everyone. Optum delivers intelligent, integrated solutions to modernize the health system and improve overall population health. For more information, visit

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