On Monday, May 25, 2015, the 33 graduating seniors of Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind’s three campuses – Alabama School for the Deaf, Alabama School for the Blind and Helen Keller School of Alabama – got a surprise visit from Gerald Wallace, who has been an NBA basketball player for 14 years and is currently playing with the Boston Celtics.
Wallace is a local champion, hailing from Childersburg. In addition to his many athletic achievements, Wallace started The Gerald Wallace Foundation, which provided opportunities for underserved children and their families in his hometown of Childersburg and his former playing city of Portland, Ore., from 2008-2015.
AIDB is grateful that Wallace made the time to visit, share his experiences with us and give our seniors yet another memory to take with them as they carry on to each of their next phase in life. Having him visit was a treat for our seniors, and will make for a priceless commemoration of their graduation.
After taking pictures with Wallace and receiving their gifts of autographed basketballs, the seniors proceeded to a backyard barbecue held in their honor at the house of AIDB President John Mascia. The seniors mingled with staff and teachers as the smells of hamburgers and hotdogs wafted through the air. Though the weather was less than perfect, the wet conditions did not seem to quell the excitement of these 33 eager seniors from AIDB’s three campuses as they enjoyed a final meal all together with their principals, teachers, staff members and friends. Congratulations, Class of 2015. We are very proud of you.