With the Boston Celtics’ season closing out on Wednesday night at TD Garden, Rajon Rondo wanted to do something special to honor those touched by the Boston Marathon bombings of a year ago.
So he laced up a pair of his ANTA Rondo 1 signature shoes in marathon organizer Boston Athletic Association‘s blue and yellow color combo, complete with “41513” tagging for the April 15, 2013 date of the terrorist attack, the words “Boston Strong,” and the initials of the victims.
“Pretty much everywhere you go, you learn that, to Bostonians, sports means a lot to this city,” said Rondo. “Our four sports are big here. It’s not just one team, one fan. It’s a collective group of guys. The Red Sox, the Bruins, the Patriots, and ourselves. We’ve taken pride in playing for this city. This was a special week for us, every athlete in the city along with all Bostonians as well. It means a lot.”
After the game, Rondo presented the sneakers to One Fund Boston, the charitable organization founded the day after the bombings to support those most affected by the tragedy.