Celtics Star Rajon Rondo, Co-owner Steve Pagliuca and Sun Life Financial
Present $110,000 in Grants and Scholarships to Boston Nonprofits
and Rising Star Students at Celtics Pre-game Ceremony
School on Wheels of Massachusetts and West End House honored for
commitment to education at TD Garden before Celtics vs. Suns game
Boston (November 17) – Outstanding Boston high school students Jackensen Verdul and Chi Kwok thought they were attending a regular season Boston Celtics game when Celtics Point Guard Rajon Rondo and co-owner Steve Pagliuca helped Sun Life Financial Group Manager Derek Warner surprise the students for a special presentation prior to the Celtics vs. Suns game. In recognition of the student’s remarkable academic achievements, Rondo, Pagliuca and Warner surprised each of the students with $5,000 college scholarships along with their supporting nonprofit organizations School on Wheels of Massachusetts and West End House both with $50,000 grants at a special Sun Life Rising Star Awards presentation at TD Garden.
The Sun Life Rising Star Awards program is dedicated to improving educational opportunities for students and education-based nonprofit organizations that support them in our nation’s under-served metropolitan areas. This year, Sun Life will provide $660,000 in grants, scholarships and other resources to outstanding organizations and students in Boston, Nashville, San Francisco, South Florida and the Tulsa/Oklahoma City area. By the end of 2014, Sun Life Financial will have committed nearly $5 million to 86 students and 79 nonprofit organizations in 16 different cities across the country. Sun Life has committed $660,000 in Boston to local education-based nonprofit organizations and under-served area students.