Boston Celtics honor members of 'Team Mali' from Essex as Heroes Among Us 

Members of “Team Mali” from Essex, VT

Members of “Team Mali” from Essex, VT, were honored as Heroes Among Us on Best Buddies Night at the Boston Celtics home game against the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, for their relentless desire to help others through their fundraising efforts.

Vermont Business Magazine In 2013, Mali Melaugh received a diagnosis of Down syndrome, which led her family, from Essex, Vermont, to seek support from their community. Now, at the age of 10, Mali is flourishing, and her family has been utilizing their experiences to aid others in similar situations. 

Seven years ago, they established "Team Mali" and participated in the Best Buddies Bike Challenge. Their goal was to gather funds and raise awareness for the cause. Since then, they have collectively cycled more than 700 miles and have successfully raised more than $100,000 for Best Buddies.

For their relentless desire to help others through their fundraising efforts, and in recognition of Best Buddies Night, the members of “Team Mali” were honored as Heroes Among Us on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, during the Celtics home game against the Indiana Pacers.

Members of “Team Mali” were honored as Heroes Among Us on Best Buddies Night during the Boston Celtics home game against the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday, January 30, 2024. 

Since its establishment in 1997 by the Boston Celtics, the Heroes Among Us program has recognized outstanding individuals who have made exceptional and lasting contributions to their communities. The award is presented at every Celtics home game and pays tribute to the heroic achievements of these outstanding citizens.

Source: Boston Celtics

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