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For 16 years, Michelle Gormley has been coming to work at TD Garden, home of the Boston Celtics and Bruins, and a mecca for New England sports fans. As director of education for The Sports Museum housed in the arena, Gormley meets famous athletes (even Larry Bird), sees the treasured artifacts on display every day and can look down at the parquet floor or ice to watch the teams practice. Sometimes, she has to remind herself how lucky she is.You know, its funny, you start not to notice it until youre with someone and theyre like, Oh, wow, this is really kind of cool coming in here, she says. Ive been here awhile. When you see it through someone elses eyes and how cool they think it is, you re-focus and appreciate it more.Gormley, 46, grew up in West Roxbury, Massachusetts, as a devoted Celtics fan. She went to Stonehill College in Easton with the intention of becoming a teacher, majoring in communications with a minor in elementary education. While a student, she also began working as a ranger for the National Park Service, giving tours of Bostons Freedom Trail -- something she still does on Saturdays.She worked at Boston University after graduating as director of student employment. It was then that she was helping a student find a job when she stumbled across the opening for the director of education at The Sports Museum -- and went for it herself. Its been a perfect job, she says, allowing her to combine her desire to be an educator with her love of New England sports and history.The Museum, which consists of exhibits along the concourse of two levels at TD Garden, has about 2,000 artifacts from the regions sports history.Here is Gormleys story, in her words:My path to the museumI grew up during the time of the Bicentennial, so my mother dragged us to every historical and cultural thing that was going on at that time. I developed my love for history then. And growing up in Boston during the 80s, there was so much going on with sports. It was so much fun. Then as a ranger for the National Park Service, I was doing Freedom Trail tours and talks at Faneuil Hall, so thats how I got my museum background. We used to work with a lot of the small museums around Boston.A perfect jobIts a unique fit for me. I dont think youre going to find too many places that have your hobby and interests (sports) as a spectator in your free time merge with what you want to do professionally as an educator. Thats something not everyone has a chance to do.Inside The GardenWe say the museum is about half a mile long. It goes around the perimeter of the fifth and sixth levels, which is also the Premium Club. We have some larger areas, gathering places, but its mostly the concourse. Its what it sounds like: a museum dedicated to sports. We have artifacts, artwork, information and photography of not just the four major professional teams in New England, but boxing, lacrosse, everything.Favorite displayWe just put in a great exhibit about Title IX. When I tell kids that I walk around the museum with that girls could not play hockey when I was in school, its hard for them to believe. Now its so different they cant even comprehend that. So I love taking them to it and showing them about this rule that helped promote womens sports.Bleeding greenAnother favorite display is about the Bill Russell era with the Celtics, what all those guys went through and the things Red Auerbach did to make sure they were a team.We have Shaquille ONeals shoes, which is really fun when kids look at those. Theyre bigger than half of them.What I do as education directorPart of it is bringing in school groups, but mostly what it is now is going out into the community with programs weve developed, to Boys and Girls Clubs and schools. Thats a little different. We have Boston vs. Bullies, a bullying prevention program, and Stand Strong, a character development program. We also have an annual sports writing contest. We try to take the great things you learn from in sports and apply it to kids learning.How these relate to sportsWith Boston vs. Bullies, we have athletes from the different teams speak on a video about bullying. Nine athletes from Boston provide a big hook for kids to learn. Rather than listening to me talk about it, theyre listening to someone they watch and admire. Stand Strong is a sports and character development program. About 70 percent of kids stop playing organized sports by middle school. We wanted to teach things theyd learn in a team sport like determination, teamwork, courage, responsibility and fairness, our five tenets. Its a 13-week program. We take them out on experiences to reinforce what theyve learned, so theyll go rock climbing when we talk about courage or get to play on the Celtics parquet when we talk about teamwork.Writing contestThe annual Will McDonough Writing Contest is named after the longtime Boston Globe sportswriter. All the topics are related to sports, but we get the students to reflect what theyre learning in school, so it might be to write a biography of their favorite athlete. Or, persuasive writings such a big thing now, so it might be, Who belongs in the Hall of Fame, and give us your reasons why. Try to convince us. Its really useful for teachers, too.The best feelingEvery year when we have our end-of-the-year party for our Stand Strong students, some of them will get up and talk about what theyve learned. Thats really emotional for me. I start welling up. Theyll say things like, I never would have been friends with these kids if not for Stand Strong. You can just see them grow up over this 13-week program.Stanley Cup feverI have to say I wasnt the biggest hockey fan before I started, but Im definitely a bigger Bruins fan now. Its hard to pin down one favorite memory here, but I think when the Bruins won the Stanley Cup, we got to participate in all sorts of fun things they were doing -- riding on the duck boat in the parade, and we watched the winning game in the arena with all our colleagues.Sweaters come in handySome days Im really cold because the ice is down there and Im watching the Bruins practice. How much would I have loved to be doing this when I was 16 years old, you know, just watching? Its kind of exciting to come to work every day.Cheap Packers Jerseys . -- Former San Diego Chargers safety Paul Oliver was found dead at his Atlanta-area home Tuesday night, and a medical examiner said Wednesday that the ex-player committed suicide. Custom Packers Jerseys . 4 Villanova with a 96-68 drubbing on Monday. 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Cheap Custom Packers Jersey .Y. -- Leading 3-0 with only 11:25 left, the Colorado Avalanche committed a seemingly meaningless penalty to give the New York Islanders a power play.Tommy Berry is hoping Interstellars stakes potential can shine through at Rosehill as he looks to extend his solid form after an enforced holiday.The star jockey spent almost three weeks on the sidelines after Melbourne Cup day as he served two careless riding suspensions.Berry returned to metropolitan racing last week with a winning double at Rosehill, rode in Hong Kong on Sunday and picked up another winner at Warwick Farm on Wednesday aboard Magic Millions Classic-bound two-year-old Jessamin.He has the chance to continue his strong return on lightly raced Interstellar who resumes Saturdays Roadwork Solutions Handicap (1200m) at Rosehill.Shes a mare that I think could reach stakes grade if she gets to her full potential, Berry told AAP.Interstellar signalled some of that promise by winning her Australian debut at Rosehill in July where she worked across from a wide barrier to sit outside the lead and sprint home the strongest over 1200m.Interstellar is a half-sister to 2015 NZ Oaks winner Savaria and Berry, who won a 900m barrier trial on her on November 7, said she had matured since winter.Her Hong Kong-based owner and Caathay Pacific pilot Gary Lui transferred her from Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards to Hawkes Racing after two wins from five starts in New Zealand.ddddddddddddIt feels like shell get over a little bit further this time, Berry said.Hopefully she could reach a mile. That would open a few more doors for her anyway.Six of Berrys seven rides are for the Hawkes team, among them Reflectivity who is set to make his debut in the $150,000 Golden Gift for two-year-olds.Berry has ridden the colt in his two trials and says he will be hitting the line strongly.He feels like hes still four to six months away from turning into a nice horse, Berry said.Reflectivity has drawn barrier nine in the 11-horse field.From that barrier we might have to go a little bit further back than we want to be and it might just be a little bit hard to make up the ground, Berry said.Berry will also ride three-year-old Gold Artisan, Promas, Snoopy and Firsthand for the Hawkes stable at the meeting as well as Unbiased for Godolphin. ' ' '
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