Kingston: Boston Celtics, Arbella Insurance Team Up to Provide Local Family Home Court Makeover

Boston Celtics legend Cedric Maxwell and rookie center Robert Williams pose for photos following home court makeover for the Cuozzo family. (Photo Credit: Brendan Connelly)

Boston Celtics legend Cedric Maxwell and rookie center Robert Williams pose for photos following home court makeover for the Cuozzo family. (Photo Credit: Brendan Connelly)

KINGSTON - The Cuozzo family knew that they were about to be the beneficiaries of a brand new home court on Wednesday, which was enough of a thrill.

What they didn’t know however, was who was about to show up to join them. Shortly after 3:30 p.m., a Range Rover pulled into their driveway, a surprise guest at the wheel – Boston Celtics rookie center Robert Williams, who had arrived in Kingston to help welcome the court in style.

Frankie Cuozzo, age 10, and his younger brother Brad, 8, were selected as the lucky recipients of Arbella’s Home Court Makeover program. The Celtics, and the game of basketball have been a source of inspiration to the two youngsters throughout their childhood, and it was at a very early age that both started utilizing the game as a way to cope with challenges and everyday stressors. And they were given the surprise of a lifetime when the team’s latest first-round pick arrived at their home for the celebration.

“This is the kind of program that can make a real difference in someone’s life,” Williams said. “It’s an opportunity to lend a hand and help those who maybe haven’t been able to regularly experience a setting like this. More importantly, it’s a way for all of us to continue making the community a better place to be.”

Williams wasn’t the only guest making an appearance. As the team announced there would be one more on hand, a familiar voice shouted among the crowd: “He’s already here!”  IMG-0843

The culprit turned out to be former Celtics legend and current radio color analyst, Cedric Maxwell, who would hold a clinic for the countless young athletes also on hand.

The Cuozzo family is the second to receive their home court makeover in 2018. The makeshift court has state-of-the-art Celtics artwork on it’s surface, with two brand new hoops installed, one of which was signed by both Maxwell and Williams.

“On behalf of the Cuozzo family, I am so humbled to have a crowd like this here,” Jeffrey Cuozzo said. “This is incredible, to have all the kids and their smiling faces here. This is like a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

The team held the contest in conjunction with Arbella Insurance, who also had representatives in attendance.

“Arbella Insurance is thrilled to partner with the Boston Celtics to provide the Cuozzo home with a new basketball court for the family to enjoy,” said Arbella Insurance Chief Marketing Officer Gayle O’Connell. “At Arbella, we are committed to the local community and are pleased to offer programs such as Home Court Makeover to deserving families including one as passionate about the Celtic as the Cuozzo’s.”

The Celtics selected Williams with the 27th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft this past June. He acknowledged that he is dealing with tendinitis in his knee, and that he has not been fully cleared for 5-on-5 workouts. But the 20-year-old is determined to be ready by the start of training camp, which begins September 25th.

“Hopefully, we’re still seeing how the process goes,” Williams said. “Still taking it day by day.”

Williams would continue.

“Just strengthening places I need to strengthen, obviously my knee,” Williams said. “Obviously knowing what’s going on out there on the court, knowing the cause and everything before (coach Brad Stevens) throws me in a 5-on-5 game. He’s been teaching me actually excellently the past couple of days. Just hammering in the calls, all the play names, all the big names for things, so it’s just been a great perspective, a great opportunity.”

Williams also noted his appreciation for the crowd on hand, and for the Kingston community.

“Just seeing this was a great atmosphere,” Williams said. “It was already a blessing, pulling up here and seeing the crowd. Just knowing that they know who I am, as far as not just the adults, but all the way down to the kids…it’s unbelievable.”

 

About Brendan Connelly

Brendan Connelly, a lifetime native of Scituate, comes to WATD via the University of Massachusetts, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. During his time in Amherst, Brendan worked extensively with the University’s Radio Station WMUA 91.1 FM, in their sports department as a Broadcaster and Reporter. He also wrote for the Northampton-based periodical, the Daily Hampshire Gazette, in their Sports Department. Following his graduation in May 2014, Brendan applied at WATD, and was then hired a few weeks later as a Sales Executive. Shortly thereafter, he would gradually work his way into the Sports Department, becoming a weekly host on the Sports Exchange with Bill Wilhelm. One year later, Brendan officially took over the Morning Sports with Rob & Lisa, giving updates on Local High School Sports News Tuesdays through Fridays. Brendan still consistently sells advertising space as well for WATD, and helps Bill Wilhelm’s team at sporting events as a commentator. During his career with WATD, Brendan has had the opportunity to interview the likes of Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Kyrie Irving, Isaiah Thomas, Zdeno Chara, and many more. Outside the station, Brendan also works as a Sports Writer for the Boston Herald, who hired his services one month following WATD. Brendan has also interned as a broadcaster for the Brockton Rox, which he completed during the summer of 2012.