Former Wildcat John Wall’s annual high school invitational has been canceled due to the coronavirus.
The tournament, hosted in Wall’s home state of North Carolina, has been an annual event since 1972, with Wall recently sponsoring it and taking over the namesake.
Occurring every holiday season, the tournament benefits Wall’s foundation, the John Wall Family Fund.
The John Wall Family Fund sponsors many events in the Raleigh and D.C. area, mainly benefitting young school children through back-to-school events and holiday dinners for families in need.
Most recently, Wall and his foundation made headlines regarding coronavirus relief in the DC area, sponsoring a rent relief program for DC residents in the Ward 8 area, which hosts the Wizards training facility.
We’re proud to launch the #202Assist, a 4-week rent relief fundraiser for Ward 8 families. We are partnering w/ @HCSINC and @LydiasHouseDC. Join @JohnWall in raising funds for families impacted by the D.C. Rent Crisis and COVID-19. Donate today @ https://t.co/LSYcqFmj62. pic.twitter.com/rPlrImLdED
— JW-Family Foundation (@JWFamFoundation) May 22, 2020
Throughout the history of the invitational, over 100 NBA players have participated, including Wall and former Wildcat Karl-Anthony Towns.
Wall plans to continue sponsoring the event in 2021 when the event (hopefully) resumes.