A Brief Chris Havlicek Family History
In many communities, there are few people who don’t recognize Chris Havlicek and his parents, Beth and John Havlicek. Whether they participate in the annual fishing tournament to benefit The Genesis Foundation for Children, or they’re just die-hard Boston Celtics fans, the Havlicek family has developed a renowned reputation for community involvement.
No doubt, John Havlicek is the most widely known member of the family, but that’s no surprise given his eight NBA titles and his spot in the Basketball Hall of Fame. Still, Beth and Chris Havlicek perpetuate the family’s legacy of giving back through board memberships and charity involvement.
Sports in the Havlicek Family
Whether winning awards in football, baseball or team handball, Chris Havlicek and his father didn’t leave much room on the sports shelf. Besides playing for the Celtics, John Havlicek tried his hand at professional football with the Cleveland Browns. It’s hard to imagine that he regrets the decision to leave the NFL, given that he won four NBA titles during his first four years in Boston.
Chris Havlicek played basketball at UVA for four years even serving as the team’s captain during his senior year there. During this time, he achieved a number of awards for academic excellence. Chris Havlicek’s sister, Jill Havlicek-Buchanan, also enjoyed a great deal of success at the University of Virginia. She was a three-year starter on the lacrosse team and captained the team her senior year. The team won the NCAA Division I championship in 1993.
Shortly after graduation, Chris Havlicek moved to Europe to play professional basketball in Italy. Although his career was short lived, he eventually shifted his focus to team handball. In the 1996 Olympics, he joined the US Team-Handball Team in Atlanta as one of its youngest members.
Chris’ sister, Jill, married former MLB player Brian Buchanan. Buchanan played for several teams, including the Minnesota Twins, the San Diego Padres and the New York Mets. He became the manager of the Lexington Legends in 2013. He and Jill have four sons.