Hartford school has a new computer lab thanks to NBA star

August 18, 2013 by  

The pupils of Wish School in Hartford Connecticut have been celebrating after an NBA player donated a fully-equipped computer lab to help with their lessons.

The new facility, which is located in room 206 and boasts a SMART board, new chairs and tables, and 29 desktop computers, came courtesy of Ray Allen’s organization, the Ray of Hope Foundation.

The goal of the scheme is to increase the level of technology available to urban schools and their students. Each computer lab costs approximately $35,000 to install, and this is the sixth that Allen has established in New England. Three are located in Boston and the others are in Hartford.

In addition to the Wish School, which has students from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade, the Foundation gave labs to McDonough Expeditionary Learning School and Clark School.

Allen, who is currently with the Miami Heat, played for the Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle SuperSonics and Boston Celtics before being traded, but he began his career playing at UConn, which has its main campus in Storrs, about 30 miles from Hartford.

Allen spoke about his successful 17-year career as a pro basketball player, and thanked his mother for his success, saying she pushed him to study hard, do his homework and get good grades. He urged the children to do the same.

The lab is a great asset to the school, so officials there may want to work with brochure printers to create a mailer for area’s residents, highlighting the opportunities now available.