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HGTV, Bing hook up my alma mater

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  August 16, 2011 01:19 PM

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From left, Bob Novogratz, Melissa Shapiro-Zinman, Paul Pierce, Suzanne Kisbye, Cortney Novogratz. (Photo by Yuri Hasegawa).


So remember my Fitness Festival back in February during the All-Star break in LA? It wasn’t just a great chance for me to spread the word about the importance of healthy lifestyles through my Truth on Health Campaign, but it was also a real special occasion for Inglewood High thanks to HGTV and Bing. We did all kinds of cool fitness activities, but I think the moment that blew me away was the reveal of the amazing new locker room, all because of my pals Cortney and Bob Novogratz of HGTV’s “Home by Novogratz.”

You gotta check out the episode on Saturday on HGTV where they officially reveal it, though. I can’t wait.

Bob and Cortney overhauled the whole place. I still can’t believe it. They hooked up Inglewood HS with a spankin' new locker room complete with an area for kids to study before and after practice. I barely recognized it. Bing donated a bunch of new computers for the study area, which will really help kids with their school work, and of course all new exercise equipment. I was also flattered because they hung up framed versions of my old jerseys from Kansas and Inglewood. And of course my C’s jersey! I got to see it before Bob and Cortney showed the rest of the kids – and I gotta say, I was jealous, but these kids really deserve this and it’ll definitely help the whole community.

Bob and Cortney did a phenomenal job. In their words, the goal was to make kids feel appreciated, create a sense of community, encourage core values like respect and truth, and inspire them with bright colors and happy surroundings. The vibe of the new space is sixties inspired with splashes of cool hues, retro lighting, letters used as graphic focal points and oversized imagery to warm up the space and make it more intimate. To reveal it at a big, neighborhood event filled with fun and appreciation made it all the more special. Don’t forget to check it out for yourself on HGTV on Saturday.

The rest of the day at my All-Star Fitness Festival powered by Bing was just as great. It’s so important to appreciate your roots, as I’ve said before, so being back in my hometown for my 9th All-Star run was special. My family and friends, old coaches – everyone was there. I got to talk to the up ‘n’ comers on the Inglewood ball squad – even put on my best Pacino as coach Tony D’Amato and gave the kids a little motivational bit I put together. I led them in some yoga, dance and ball drills, and we even played Microsoft KINECT, which was something I hadn’t done before – technology is crazy these days. It’s cool how you can use tech gear like KINECT to get fit, which is kinda like how we use a watch and the Internet to track our fitness progress through my FitClub34.

The best part of the day was just being able to see how the more things change, the more they stay the same – Inglewood will always be my home and I feel lucky to be able to go back there and always feel welcome. The community there has been so good to me and I’m real grateful to be in a position where I can give back through programs like the Truth on Health and my partnership with Bing –can’t ever forget where you came from! Thanks again to Bing, Cortney and Bob Novogratz, HGTV, and all the peeps who helped put together the awesome Fitness Festival in my hometown. I will be watchin the reveal on Saturday on HGTV, you should check it out too.

175x60piercelogo.jpgPaul Pierce's Truth on Health campaign empowers and encourages young people to lead healthier lives by providing them with the information, resources, and tools necessary to become more active and physically fit. To learn more, visit www.truthonhealth.org

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Paul Pierce is the captain of the Boston Celtics. Pierce has spent his entire career with the Celtics since being drafted in 1998 out of Kansas, and led them to their 17th NBA Championship in 2008, when he was the NBA Finals MVP. More »

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