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John Wall speaks on launching rent relief program for D.C. residents

(Photo via Getty Images North America)

(Photo via Getty Images North America)

On Friday, we learned of former Kentucky star John Wall’s continued support for local residents in Washington, D.C. through the coronavirus pandemic.

Today, the former Wildcat was interviewed by MSNBC’s Craig Melvin about his 202 Assist program, a new initiative by Wall to provide rent relief for the residents of D.C.’s Ward 8, an area hit hard by the virus.

“The 202 Assist program, it’s a rent relief program to help the people in Ward 8 where we have our practice facility, where our Go-Go team (G League affiliate) gets to play their games and practices, and where the Washington Mystics (WNBA team) also practice and play their games,” Wall said in the interview. “It’s a relief program to help them pay their rent for the next month or so, however many days we can get it going. I think it’s dope because a lot of people are hurt during this time, the less fortunate.”

In association with the John Wall Family Foundation (JWFF), the program’s goal is to raise $300,000 in four weeks for area families in need of rent relief.

This is the second public instance of Wall’s support for the community during the coronavirus pandemic, as the one-time Wildcat donated 2,300 N95 masks to healthcare workers and helped provide them with 600 meals back in April.

“We try to help in so many ways,” Wall said of his drive to help out those in need. “I try to tell people, we get put on this platform to play this game we love at a high level – I get to be an NBA superstar – but I feel like it’s more important to give back to people, and it’s something I really pride myself in doing that.

“The partnership I have with Bright Beginnings that I have adopted over there, that’s over where they built the new facility by Ward 8. I just try to help out. I had backpack giveaways throughout Ward 8 the last couple years I’ve been in the league, turkey giveaways, things like that. I think it’s important to let these people understand that I’m normal just like them and I’m willing to help and be involved.”

At the time of Wall’s announcing of the 202 Assist program, Kentucky head coach John Calipari praised his former guard for his continued acts of servant leadership.

“BBN, join me and Ellen in supporting this great act of servant leadership by John Wall,” he said. “This is one of the many examples of what makes John and so many of our other guys special. They understand the incredible opportunity they’re in to help others. Proud of you, John! #LaFamilia”

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Well done.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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