December 1, 2021

Terrence Clarke honored with name on newly-renovated Boston gym

A teenage NBA prospect from Boston who died in a car crash earlier this year…

A teenage NBA prospect from Boston who died in a car crash earlier this year now has his name on the gym of the community center where he grew up playing.Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, the Boston Celtics, the NBA and New Balance came together Sunday afternoon to unveil the newly-renovated Terrence Clarke Memorial Gym at the Boston Centers for Youth & Families’ Vine Street Community Center.Terrence Clarke, a Dorchester native, was killed in an April 22 car crash in the Los Angeles area. He was 19 years old.Clarke played high school basketball at the Rivers School in Weston before finishing his prep career at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.The 6-foot-7 guard had declared for the 2021 NBA draft in March after his freshman season at the University of Kentucky.Clarke, a projected first-round draft pick, was familiar to Celtics players. All-Star Jaylen Brown referred to Clarke as his “lil bro” and became a mentor for the teenager.Brown, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart, Josh Richardson and Aaron Nesmith were among the Celtics players to attend the unveiling of Terrence Clarke Memorial Gym.”Terrence and me, like, we had a unique relationship. He was my little my brother I never had,” Brown said during the ceremony. “Terrence is one of us, so a piece of him is with the Celtics, as well.”Brown presented a piece of the Celtics’ parquet floor to Clarke’s mother, Osmine Clarke, to “symbolize the piece that lives in all of us.”During the NBA draft in June, the league and Commissioner Adam Silver paid tribute to Clarke by making him an honorary draftee. Clarke’s mother, brother and sister were in attendance to see that tribute.The renovated Vine Street Community Center gym features a “TC5” logo at center court, four refurbished basketball hoops, newly-installed volleyball equipment and re-installed wall padding. Clarke’s iconic quote, “I want to be that guy for everyone in the city,” is highlighted along the sideline while a banner dedicating the court to his legacy hangs overhead.”I’m really proud of everybody chipping in and doing this for Terrence,” Osmine Clarke said. “It means a lot to my family and me.”A Terrence Clarke memorial, featuring a wall mural, locker and laminated parquet flooring, has been created just inside the community center’s entrance.”It’s really nice to see what the city did for Terrence,” said Clarke’s father, Adrian Briggs.Some youth members of the BCYF Vine Street Community Center took part in basketball drills on the playing surface after a dedication ceremony. They performed various drills inspired by Clarke throughout his childhood.

A teenage NBA prospect from Boston who died in a car crash earlier this year now has his name on the gym of the community center where he grew up playing.

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, the Boston Celtics, the NBA and New Balance came together Sunday afternoon to unveil the newly-renovated Terrence Clarke Memorial Gym at the Boston Centers for Youth & Families’ Vine Street Community Center.

Terrence Clarke, a Dorchester native, was killed in an April 22 car crash in the Los Angeles area. He was 19 years old.

Clarke played high school basketball at the Rivers School in Weston before finishing his prep career at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.

The 6-foot-7 guard had declared for the 2021 NBA draft in March after his freshman season at the University of Kentucky.

Clarke, a projected first-round draft pick, was familiar to Celtics players. All-Star Jaylen Brown referred to Clarke as his “lil bro” and became a mentor for the teenager.

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Terrence Clarke

Brown, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart, Josh Richardson and Aaron Nesmith were among the Celtics players to attend the unveiling of Terrence Clarke Memorial Gym.

“Terrence and me, like, we had a unique relationship. He was my little my brother I never had,” Brown said during the ceremony. “Terrence is one of us, so a piece of him is with the Celtics, as well.”

Brown presented a piece of the Celtics’ parquet floor to Clarke’s mother, Osmine Clarke, to “symbolize the piece that lives in all of us.”

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During the NBA draft in June, the league and Commissioner Adam Silver paid tribute to Clarke by making him an honorary draftee. Clarke’s mother, brother and sister were in attendance to see that tribute.

The renovated Vine Street Community Center gym features a “TC5” logo at center court, four refurbished basketball hoops, newly-installed volleyball equipment and re-installed wall padding. Clarke’s iconic quote, “I want to be that guy for everyone in the city,” is highlighted along the sideline while a banner dedicating the court to his legacy hangs overhead.

“I’m really proud of everybody chipping in and doing this for Terrence,” Osmine Clarke said. “It means a lot to my family and me.”

A Terrence Clarke memorial, featuring a wall mural, locker and laminated parquet flooring, has been created just inside the community center’s entrance.

“It’s really nice to see what the city did for Terrence,” said Clarke’s father, Adrian Briggs.

Some youth members of the BCYF Vine Street Community Center took part in basketball drills on the playing surface after a dedication ceremony. They performed various drills inspired by Clarke throughout his childhood.

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