Skip to main content

SNHU Partners with Boston Celtics on Computer Lab Donation

Celtics partner with young students

The Boston Celtics and Southern New Hampshire University helped make wishes come true today with the opening of a state-of-the-art technology lab at Cheshire Elementary School. Last year, students from Cheshire Elementary School in Cheshire, MA composed handwritten letters seeking funding for school improvement. Today, Boston Celtics former player Leon Powe and mascot “Lucky” the Leprechaun, as well as Gregg Mazzola from SNHU joined students to unveil a state-of-the art technology lab.

“Coming out here and being able to fulfill these children’s wishes of a new computer lab gives me great pride,” said Powe. “I loved seeing all the smiling faces today.”

“Our ability to provide these students with increased access to technology as part of making education more accessible is at the core of Southern New Hampshire University’s mission,” said Mazzola, vice president, enrollment management and marketing, Southern New Hampshire University. “Watching these students immediately apply new technology to their schoolwork is particularly gratifying.”

The Celtics and Southern New Hampshire University purchased various supplies for the new lab, including 30 Chromebooks, two TVs, desktop computers, digital cameras and additional accessories. The Celtics and SNHU completely renovated the room, purchased new furniture and hung wall graphics that included excerpts from the handwritten letters the team received.

The lab will be available for the Cheshire Elementary School students and its teachers during and after school as an educational center.

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, 35 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 www.celtics.com.

Pamme Boutselis is a writer and content director in higher education. Follow her on Twitter @pammeb or connect on LinkedIn.

Explore more content like this article

Man working as IT manager standing in a server room working on a laptop.

What is Information Technology (IT)?

Information technology (IT) is a broad professional category covering functions including building communications networks, safeguarding data and information, and troubleshooting computer problems.
A man and two women looking at a monitor working on a computer science project

What Can You Do with a Computer Science Degree?

With a computer science degree, you can embark on a career with dozens of potential job roles suited to your interests. You can use the knowledge you develop earning your degree to work in a wide range of potential careers, from software engineering to computer programming or system analysis.
Students working in the field on environmental sustainability practices

What is Environmental Sustainability? Goals with Examples 

Environmental sustainability involves businesses, governments and citizens coming together to preserve natural resources such as clean air, water and wildlife for future generations. You can practice sustainability by minimizing your economic footprint and riding a bike, among other things.

About Southern New Hampshire University

Two students walking in front of Monadnock Hall

SNHU is a nonprofit, institutionally accredited university with a mission to make high-quality education more accessible and affordable for everyone.

Founded in 1932, and online since 1995, we’ve helped countless students reach their goals with flexible, career-focused programs. Our 300-acre campus in Manchester, NH is home to over 3,000 students, and we serve over 135,000 students online. Visit our about SNHU page to learn more about our mission, accreditations, leadership team, national recognitions and awards.