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BOSTON (CBS) – It was well-known that when Jason Terry came to town, the Boston Celtics were adding one of the “good guys” in the NBA — both on and off the court.
Terry himself won’t be home for Christmas, with the Celtics taking on the Nets in Brooklyn, and knows how tough that can be. So he wanted to make sure others that won’t be home for the holidays know they haven’t been forgotten.
The Celtics guard, in an effort to boost morale for sailors currently deployed through the holidays, placed a call to those aboard the USS John C. Stennis to let them know he and the Celtics are thankful for their service.
“Making this phone call puts the holidays in perspective. These sailors are fighting for our freedom and are the ones who are away from their families through the holidays,” Terry said. “I just told them that I appreciate what they’re doing, and we’re happy to provide them a little entertainment while they’re doing that on Christmas Day.”
“I think this is a really good opportunity for Sailors to be able to talk to Terry,” said Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class Anthony Black, from Phoenix. “Day-in and day-out we work long hours and when one of these chances pop up, it is a great morale booster for Sailors to know people back home do care.”
The USS John C Stennis began an eight month deployment in August to the western Pacific Ocean and the Persian Gulf.