Daily Sports Smile: Boston Celtics dedicate local gym in honor of late NBA prospect Terrence Clarke

Nov 25, 2020; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Terrence Clarke (5) dribbles the ball in the second half against Morehead State at Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center.
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The Boston Celtics and the NBA came together to honor late basketball prospect Terrence Clarke. The Dorchester native died in a car accident in April. The league honored Clarke during the 2021 NBA Draft and now his legacy will be remembered in his hometown. 

The Celtics dedicated a newly-renovated gym at the Boston Centers for Youth & Families’ Vine Street Community Center. The gym was remodeled with new features and photos dedicated to Clarke. It was renamed the Terrence Clarke Memorial Court.

“The renovations to the court mean a lot,” Celtics star Jaylen Brown said in a special video discussing the honor. “I think Terrence needs to be remembered and I don’t ever want him to be forgotten. He represents so much for the city of Boston.”

Clarke spent many hours at the Vine Street Community Center as a kid. He honed his craft in the gym and now his legacy will be featured for the next generation. The basketball court received refurbished basketball hoops, new floor paint coating and a new TC5 logo as well.

Brown said that he will continue to honor Clarke’s name. He joined the court dedication and told the community that Clarke was like a little brother to him.

“Terrence and me, we had a unique relationship. He was my little brother I never had. Always at my house, going through my closet, playing video games. I’m like, ‘Don’t you got school? What you doing here?’ He’s just always hanging out.

"So for him not to be here obviously is an emotional moment for me and my family. But also for everybody in this community. And like I said, as we continue to speak life on his name, Terrence is still alive. And he’s gonna continue to live forever.”

Several Celtics were also on hand. Boston stars Marcus Smart and Jayson Tatum showed their support as kids ran through drills on the court. The Celtics also gave Clarke’s family a special award in the dedication as well.

Clarke played his collegiate career at the University of Kentucky. He appeared in eight games and averaged 9.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2 assists.

The NBA drafted Clarke and honored his family during the 2021 draft. Clarke lived by the quote, “I want to be that guy for everyone in the city” and now his legacy will live forever in the Boston community.