‘Merry’ Terry Rozier Surprises Boston Families with ’12 Blessings’

On the court, he’s known as “Scary Terry” for his tenacious play with the Boston Celtics. Off the court, Terry Rozier inspires more cheer than fear during the holiday season—especially around the Boston community, where he’s known as “Merry Terry.”

Terry fulfilled his role as Santa Claus when he surprised a family with gifts in the Dorchester neighborhood. He delivered the act of kindness through his foundation, 12 Blessings, which focuses on helping economically disadvantaged urban youth by empowering them with resources, mentorship and support.

The foundation embraces the inclusion of children with disabilities, and nurtures the youth in the realms of the arts, STEM, athletics and education.

“It’s all about giving back to people in need,” Terry told NBC Sports Boston.

The bags included basketballs and Celtics gear, as well as kicks and apparel from Puma, the German brand that Terry endorses.

“Some kids may not be able to get everything, or some kids get nothing at all,” he explained. “So I just try to reach out to different families and try to make an impact.”

If you live in Beantown, keep an eye out for “Merry Terry” on your block as Christmas approaches.


Olivier Auguste is an NBA lifestyle writer based in New York City. Follow him on Twitter.