The Gatorade-stained shirt worn by Celtics coach Doc Rivers during Boston's title-clinching Game 6 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers last week netted $55,000 for The Shamrock Foundation through an auction on sports radio WEEI (850 AM).
An anonymous bidder pledged $35,000 for the shirt and accompanying Gatorade bucket utilized by Celtics captain Paul Pierce (above) during the sneak attack. The Gatorade company donated an addition $10,000, while a second anonymous donor gifted a $10,000 pledge.
The Celtics defeated the Lakers, 131-92, to clinch the franchise's 17th world championship last Tuesday.
The shirt, autographed by both Rivers and Pierce, had a $10,000 bid this morning until former Patriots head coach Bill Parcells, now the vice president of football operations for the Miami Dolphins and a Gatorade endorser, called with a bid of $20,000 on behalf of the sports drink company.
Steve Pagliuca, Celtics managing partner and president of The Shamrock Foundation, pledged an additional $35,000 if the winning bidder will allow the Celtics to display the shirt at various times during the upcoming season. No word yet on whether that offer has been accepted.
Gatorade Shirt Raises $55K for Charity
By Jeff Clark