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You probably don’t know much about Celtics reserve Marquis Daniels beyond the fact that he’s got the most hair in the league. There are a lot of big personalities in the Boston locker room, and Daniels generally fades into the background.
But in today’s Boston Herald, Mark Murphy brings Daniels to the surface with the story of the player’s attempts to help the nation of Haiti, which is still recovering from last January’s devastating earthquake.
Daniels grew up with Haitian friends and is trying to do all he can. But even for an NBA player, helping in Haiti isn’t as simple as you might think.
The Celtics guard, in heading to his hometown of Orlando, Fla, with the team for the Christmas Day game vs. the Magic, originally planned to take a group of approximately 20 Haitian orphans to Disney World on Dec. 26.
But in addition to rampant homelessness and a cholera epidemic that resulted from last January’s earthquake in Haiti, the general elections have descended into violence and armed chaos.
Flying orphans to Florida proved to be too much of a logistical nightmare, as well as a security risk. Daniels will instead fly to Haiti next summer to run a series of basketball clinics in an effort to raise funds for construction of a new orphanage school in Port-au-Prince.
He hopes conditions will be safer by then.
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