An area that has been significantly impacted by COVID-19 is receiving help from a local sports figure.
Former Kentucky Wildcat and current point guard for the Washington Wizards, John Wall, has launched a new program called “202 Assist” that will provide rent relief for the residents of D.C’s Ward 8.
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
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. If you would like to make a donation, you can do so by clicking the link here. This is Washington D.C.’s first COVID-19 rent-relief program
“D.C. has been my second home for 10 years now, and I have always had a strong connection to the community,” Wall said, according to the press release. “After learning how COVID-19 has affected the residents of Ward 8, I felt that I needed to act which is why I have partnered with the city. I hope that others will join me to help those in need during these uncertain times.”
Wall and the Wizards practice at the MedStar Wizards Performance Center, located in the Ward 8 area, while the Washington Mystics (WNBA) and Capital City Go-Go (G League) play their home games in the same building.
#BBN, join me and Ellen in supporting this great act of servant leadership by @JohnWall. 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 https://t.co/13aBlscVHF
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 22, 2020
This isn’t the first time that Wall has established programs to help people suffering during the coronavirus pandemic. In April, the one-time Wildcat donated 2,300 N95 masks to healthcare workers and helped provide them with 600 meals.
The world needs more people like John Wall.