Washington Wizards guard John Wall hosted his 5th annual backpack giveaway on Saturday at the Goodman League basketball court in Washington D.C., giving away 1,000 backpacks to local students.
In association with his organization, the John Wall Family Foundation, Wall was able to partner with Under Armour, EA Sports, the Washington Wizards, and others in order to giveaway backpacks to kids in grades ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade.
Wall hosted the event in Southeast D.C., giving away not only backpacks but also basic school supplies such as pencils, paper, folders along with Adidas t-shirts.
“No matter what part [of the city] I’m in it’s just an opportunity to give back to the community, kind of bless these people with the opportunity to have stuff to go back to school with,” Wall said at the event. “It’s just fun for me and something I’d like to do. I’m not forced to be here. I just do it because I want to and to see the smiles on these kids’ faces is what I do it all for.”
John Wall and the kids. pic.twitter.com/YYoDuJCdE9
— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) August 4, 2018
Wall grew up with his mother working multiple jobs to support him and ever since he entered the NBA he’s done whatever he can to make sure that his community has the support it needs to thrive just as he has. Wall is and always has been a sterling example of what it means to be a role model to the younger generation. He’s one of those players that Kentucky fans should constantly be proud of.
John Wall explains that giving back is fun for him just to see the smile on hundreds of kid’s faces. He wants the youth to know that whatever they want to do in life they just have to put forth 110% effort. pic.twitter.com/l90sgAOTxe
— HoopDistrict (@HoopDistrictDC) August 4, 2018