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John Wall plays Santa for a family in need

John Wall knows what it’s like to lose a parent to cancer; his father passed away from the disease when John was nine years old.  So when he got word of six children in the D.C. area who just lost their mother to cancer, he did what he could to brighten the holiday.  Wall took over the Christmas shopping duties for Altra Gibbs, who is now raising her daughter’s children while fighting her own battle against cancer.

“This is a miracle to me,” Altra Gibbs said of Wall’s surprise Secret Santa visit.  “I appreciate it so much.”

She cried as she hugged John after he showed up at her home with trash bags full of wrapped presents for the family.  Wall said he wanted to help out as soon as he heard the Gibbs’ story.

“My dream is not just to play basketball,” he said.  “My dream is to help other people out and make their lives better.”

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

22 Comments for John Wall plays Santa for a family in need



  1. Jetblue
    4:03 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    Yes! Awesome! Proud of you Mr. Wall!



  2. chief_cat
    5:42 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    Way to pay it forward John Wall!!!



  3. sckysportsink
    5:46 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    Tell these people who knock UK’s one-and-done people to have at this one!



  4. cat r blue
    5:53 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    as i sit here whith tears in my eyes thank god for such a nice young man to do this god bless you john wall and merry christmas and very happy new years



  5. Bobby Knight
    6:16 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    That young man from that SEC school is a good human.

    Hope his knee heals soon so he can do what that young man from that SEC school does.

    And that’s: Play Basketball.



  6. Reebok rep
    6:26 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    Nice video. Why is he wearing Adidas?



  7. SMH
    6:38 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    You watched this, and what you took away was ‘Wall is wearing Adidas’?

    Good luck to you



  8. Geri Jenkins
    7:03 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    God blessed John wall what a nice thing he done for that family.



  9. brain
    7:10 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    Good job JW. Making us proud. Get well soon.



  10. From a Red fan
    7:52 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    Well done, SIR!



  11. UK Freshmen
    7:55 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    If we don’t stop giving away free sh*t, we will never get out of this mess.



  12. My Blue Heaven
    8:30 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    Thank You John Wall, You Help Make This World A Better Place. Best of Luck To You and Merry Christmas !!!



  13. Bubba Earl
    8:39 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    Class act!



  14. Kneel Boorts
    9:41 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    Numero elevenator: You speeka my language.

    However, in consideration of the next 24 plus hours….let us agree to let this one go…and reconvene with court of free “purse”acution….12-26.



  15. Blue Confucius
    9:44 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    I’m so proud you are a Wildcat, John Wall. ‘He who gives to the poor lends to God and God will repay.’ Prov. 19:17. God Bless you, JW.



  16. random ky redneck
    12:35 am December 25, 2012 Permalink

    socialism! communism!



  17. Jpo
    1:33 am December 25, 2012 Permalink

    There’s a difference between the government giving away tax money for free and a person doing a good deed with his OWN money. Way to go John wall! It’s good to help out!



  18. SamKat
    6:57 am December 25, 2012 Permalink

    I believe John Wall demonstrates that he has benefitted from Coach Cal’s association. He too washed youngster’s feet while a star at Kentucky. I pray for all to help those in need, Not just to be a racist, but to salute a young millionaire’s effort to benefit youngsters of his race.

    God, please continue to bless John Wall and bring his health back to help his team.



  19. Steve
    8:49 am December 25, 2012 Permalink

    Thank You and Merry Christmas to John Wall.



  20. WestWorld
    9:18 am December 25, 2012 Permalink

    Cal has taught them well.



  21. UK Freshmen
    10:24 am December 25, 2012 Permalink

    Yea, Cousins was quite the student n



  22. true blue
    7:51 am December 26, 2012 Permalink

    Coach Cal has instilled to help those less fortunate than you in his one and dones. God Bless you John Wall. God Bless Coach Cal.