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Boston Children's patient receives Amica Game Ball before game

02/14/2013

LINCOLN, RI – Eleven-year-old Jack Miller of Ipswich, Mass., attended the Boston Celtics game on Sunday night, courtesy of Amica Insurance. He met Celtics legend Tommy Heinsohn, watched courtside as players warmed up and enjoyed the game from a luxury box high above the TD Garden floor. The Celtics, meanwhile, held up their end of the bargain, pulling out a thrilling 118-114 victory over the Denver Nuggets in triple overtime.

“I love watching the Celtics play live because you get to see better and hear all the noises,” said Miller, who donned a green Paul Pierce jersey but admitted that his favorite player is Kevin Garnett.

But the highlight of Miller’s night – other than watching the Celtics race out to an early 12-0 lead – was viewing all the sports memorabilia displays that line the hallways at the TD Garden.

“It was cool seeing all the sports stuff,” Miller said.

Miller, a patient of Boston Children’s Hospital, and his father, Henry, attended the game on Sunday night as guests of the Amica Game Ball program, through which Amica Insurance has donated $177,000 to Boston Children’s Hospital during the last five seasons. Amica also donates balls autographed by Heinsohn to patients at Boston Children’s Hospital during each of the home games featured on Comcast SportsNet New England during the year.

Miller received his game ball from Vince Burks, director of communications at Amica Insurance, in a ceremony before the game at midcourt.

“We’re proud to partner with Boston Children’s Hospital and Comcast SportsNet New England for the Amica Game Ball program, ” Burks said. “It was an honor to spend the night with the Millers, and the Celtics made the experience even better with their exciting victory.”

“It’s always fun being here – I get to hang out with my son and we get to watch a Celtics game,” Henry Miller said. “How many dads get to go out on the court with their sons?”

Before Miller was born, an ultrasound revealed a blockage in his heart. Boston Children’s Hospital’s doctors performed a novel procedure, repairing Jack’s heart, then the size of a grape, while he was still in his mother’s womb. Thanks to this first-of-its-kind care, Miller was born perfectly healthy and remains healthy 11 years later.

Boston Children’s Hospital regularly saves babies from needing a lifetime of cardiac care, performing more fetal cardiac interventions than all other hospitals in the world combined.

About Boston Children’s Hospital

Boston Children’s Hospital is a 392-bed comprehensive center for pediatric health care. As one of the largest pediatric medical centers in the United States, Boston Children’s Hospital offers a complete range of pediatric health care services through its 204 specialized clinical programs – more specialties than any other pediatric hospital in the country. The hospital was rated the nation’s top pediatric hospital by U.S. News & World Report in 2011, and is the only one in the top three for all 10 specialty areas assessed.

About Comcast SportsNet New England

Comcast SportsNet New England reaches more than four million households in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Comcast SportsNet’s programming includes the Boston Celtics, New England Revolution, Chevrolet SportsNet Central, UNO’S Sports Tonight, Sports Sunday, Celtics Now, Celtics Courtside Club, The Baseball Show, Quick Slants, New England Tailgate, New England Football Night, Football Day in New England including pre and post-game programs surrounding all Patriots games, Cross Check, CAA football, basketball and more. CSNNE.com, the online home of Comcast SportsNet, provides continuous news, video and in-depth, up-to-the-minute coverage of New England sports. Comcast SportsNet New England is part of the NBC Sports Group. Visit www.csnne.com for more information.

About Amica

Amica Mutual Insurance Company, the nation's oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in 1907. The company, with corporate headquarters in Lincoln, RI, is a national writer of automobile, homeowners, marine and personal umbrella liability insurance. Life coverage is available through Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amica employs more than 3,100 people in 40 offices across the country.

CONTACT:Vince Burks, Corporate Communications, 50 Amica Way,

Lincoln, RI 02865-1155, 800-652-6422, ext. 24563

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