Beth Havlicek

Chris Havlicek's mother, father and sister

Chris Havlicek’s mother, father and sister

Beth Havlicek is the wife of the famous basketball legend John Havlicek. They met while attending college at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio but it wasn’t a typical college romance. The pair started dating 2 years after their college graduation when Beth was working as a teacher and John played for the Boston Celtics. Eventually, they married in 1967, and had two children: Chris Havlicek and Jill Havlicek. Their children took after their father in the sense that they both were very athletic and played sports throughout their entire lives, and took after their mother by giving back to the community and becoming members of several charities.

Beth has always been the key figure in the Havlicek family to promote community programs and events, most notably the Havlicek Celebrity Fishing Tournament. This is an annual tournament benefitting the Genesis Foundation for Children helping to enrich the lives of children and families living with genetic disorders. Additionally, Beth and John are on the Board of Directors of the Genesis Foundation.

Although Beth is known as the wife of a famous basketball player, she made certain to make a name for herself on her own. Beth traveled with her husband on the rigorous Celtics schedule and promoted sunglasses for the largest manufacturer at the time – Foster Grant. Working as a fashion consultant gave her an opportunity to express herself and fulfill her need to have an identity. Beth Havlicek is the living example of the saying “behind every great man, stands a great woman”.