Former Wildcat John Wall has won the NBA Care’s 2016 Community Assist Award. The Washington Wizard will receive $25,000 for the John Wall Foundation, which The Washington Post reports will be used for a new playground at Bright Beginnings. Bright Beginnings offers food, shelter and education for homeless children and their parents in the D.C. area.
Wall was nominated for the honor when he received the monthly award back in October. Here’s a short list of what he does for the D.C. and Raleigh, North Carolina communities.
- He missed a preseason game to attend a Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk in Washington.
- Wall made a donation donation toward non-Hodgkin lymphoma research in honor of DaMiyah Telemaque-Nelson, his friend who died at the young age of 5.
- Filled and donated 600 backpacks to students in Raleigh and D.C.
- Bright Beginnings has already received a large donation from Wall — $600,000.
Wall’s contributions to the community were evident when he pledged $1 million to local charities after receiving a contract extension. This award is only further proof that he’s not just a good basketball player, he’s a good person.