The Everett High School boys basketball team has been invited to play in the annual Andrew James Lawson Foundation Invitational on Saturday, January 21st at the TD Garden. The Crimson Tide will tip-off against the Beverly Panthers at 1:30 p.m. The game will count in the standings and towards the MIAA’s tournament rating system.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by contacting the EHS Athletic Department or head coach and EHS Vice Principal Stanley Chamblain. Participating schools commit to selling 400 tickets to the event and EHS is planning to have a large contingent in the Garden for this special occasion.
“A tremendous opportunity, to say the least,” said Superintendent of Schools Priya Tahiliani. “I am thrilled for our players, coaches, and families, and I am even more pleased that we can benefit such a great organization in the process. I expect the Garden to be filled with Crimson on January 21st.”
Andrew James Lawson had Down Syndrome and was 27 years old when he passed away after a two-year battle with cancer. He grew up in Norwell and attended Norwell Public Schools from pre-K through his graduation from high school in 2008. Andrew benefited from inclusion in both academics and sports.
“Andrew didn’t have stats and records,” said his mother, Regina. “Andrew’s accomplishments have a different kind of measurement, mostly in hugs, love and laughter. I can think of no better measure of a life well lived.”
EHS last played in the Garden in March of 2018 when it fell to Mansfield, 73-65, in the Division 1 Eastern Mass. final. That Crimson Tide team featured current Baltimore Ravens tight end Isaiah Likely.
The 2022-2023 EHS basketball teams begin the season on Tuesday, December 13th. The girls will host the Revere Patriots at 6 p.m., while the boys will travel to Revere for a 7 p.m. tipoff.