BOSTON (WHDH) - Monday was a slam dunk kind of day for the Boston Celtics and local, Black-owned businesses.

Through a combined commitment of $1 million, Vistaprint and the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation teamed up with the NAACP to award grants of $25,000 to 13 small businesses.

The majority of these businesses who applied to the Power Forward Small Business program say they made less than $100,000 of revenue in each of the past two years.

“All the people that are entrepreneurs, following their passion and making this a better community to live in; we want to be a part of supporting them, we want to be a part of doing our part in that,” said President of Basketball Operations Brad Stevens.

The recipients received either virtual or in-person surprise visits from Stevens, guard Aaron Nesmith, forward Grant Williams and the team’s beloved mascot, Lucky.

The grant money will be used to help these businesses build their brands and hire more staff.

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