‘Chest pump guy’ pumped to see Celtics play in NBA Finals

Boston Celtics superfan Carl Lenhart has many nicknames, but he is most commonly known as “Chest Pump Guy” because he constantly thumps his chest to pump up the TD Garden crowd during crunch time. “If you can, and show face, and, that’s expressing it. It’s beyond words, “Lenhart said.Lenhart is often shown on the jumbotron late in Celtics games and gets the crowd going with his enthusiasm.” It’s my chest pump, that’s the: ‘We’re in this game together. All heart. All soul. ‘ And then I’ll]fist pump the air]. I’ll get so much animation and energy, and I’m almost 80 years old. So you’ve got a guy like me doing this, you 17-year-olds better get in there! “Now, Lenhart is recognized all over the country and many Celtics fans take photos with him and even impersonate him.” When I do that and get up and do all that I do, it makes people happy. Boy, we need that in the world! ” he said. “We got enough problems going on, and to have a moment of happiness, I’m glad I can bring that to the fans.” Unfortunately, tickets for Game 3 and Game 4 of the NBA Finals are too expensive for Lenhart, so he won’t be inside TD Garden on Wednesday or Friday to pump up the crowd.’Everything’s Celtics’NewsCenter 5 also got the chance to catch up with another Celtics superfan before Game 3 in Boston, 17-year-old Hayden Cullimore.Cullimore grew up in Utah, but he is a bigger Celtics fan than most Bostonians. “My walls are full of jerseys. My shelves are Celtics. My curtains are Celtics. My bedspread is Celtics. Everything’s Celtics,” Cullimore said.At a very young age , Cullimore was hospitalized with a rare liver disease. “From 2 months old, we didn’t know if he’d survive or not,” said his mother, Tessa Cullimore.Whenever the C’s came to Salt Lake City to play the Utah Jazz , Hayden Cullimore got the chance to meet Celtics players and coaches. But seeing the team play in Boston has long been on his bucket list. “When I was 8, after a transplant, I got the chance to do a ‘Make-a-Wish’ and I thought: ‘You know, I’m young, I’ve got my family. Let’s just all go to Florida and Disney World, and all have a great time, ‘”he said. Tessa Cullimore then decided to make her son a promise years ago. “I said: ‘Well, if they ever get to the (NBA) Finals, maybe we can get down to Boston,'” she said. “We bought tickets the night after Game 7 (of the Eastern Conference Finals). And now we’re here, completing my dreams, “Hayden Cullimore said Wednesday.So Game 3 of the NBA Finals will be Hayden Cullimore’s first time watching the Celtics play in Boston. He is doing better now, but he will need another liver transplant in the future.

Boston Celtics superfan Carl Lenhart has many nicknames, but he is most commonly known as “Chest Pump Guy” because he constantly thumps his chest to pump up the TD Garden crowd during crunch time.

“If you can [pump your chest]and show face, and [raise your arms and shout]that’s expressing it. It’s beyond words, “Lenhart said.

Lenhart is often shown on the jumbotron late in Celtics games and gets the crowd going with his enthusiasm.

“It’s my chest pump, that’s the: ‘We’re in this game together. All heart. All soul.’ And then I’ll]fist pump the air]. I’ll get so much animation and energy, and I’m almost 80 years old. So you’ve got a guy like me doing this, you 17-year-olds better get in there! “

Now, Lenhart is recognized all over the country and many Celtics fans take photos with him and even impersonate him.

“When I do that and get up and do all that I do, it makes people happy. Boy, we need that in the world!” he said. “We got enough problems going on, and to have a moment of happiness, I’m glad I can bring that to the fans.”

Unfortunately, tickets for Game 3 and Game 4 of the NBA Finals are too expensive for Lenhart, so he won’t be inside TD Garden on Wednesday or Friday to pump up the crowd.

‘Everything’s Celtics’

NewsCenter 5 also got the chance to catch up with another Celtics superfan before Game 3 in Boston, 17-year-old Hayden Cullimore.

Cullimore grew up in Utah, but he is a bigger Celtics fan than most Bostonians.

“My walls are full of jerseys. My shelves are Celtics. My curtains are Celtics. My bedspread is Celtics. Everything’s Celtics,” Cullimore said.

At a very young age, Cullimore was hospitalized with a rare liver disease.

“From 2 months old, we didn’t know if he’d survive or not,” said his mother, Tessa Cullimore.

Whenever the C’s came to Salt Lake City to play the Utah Jazz, Hayden Cullimore got the chance to meet Celtics players and coaches. But seeing the team play in Boston has long been on his bucket list.

“When I was 8, after a transplant, I got the chance to do a ‘Make-a-Wish’ and I thought: ‘You know, I’m young, I’ve got my family. Let’s just all go to Florida. and Disney World, and all have a great time, ‘”he said.

Tessa Cullimore then decided to make her son a promise years ago.

“I said: ‘Well, if they ever get to the (NBA) Finals, maybe we can get down to Boston,'” she said.

“We bought tickets the night after Game 7 (of the Eastern Conference Finals). And now we’re here, completing my dreams,” Hayden Cullimore said Wednesday.

So Game 3 of the NBA Finals will be Hayden Cullimore’s first time watching the Celtics play in Boston. He is doing better now, but he will need another liver transplant in the future.

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