Kaiser Permanente and the NBA are honoring Wall for his many charitable efforts to positively impact the lives of children in Washington, D.C., and his hometown of Raleigh, N.C. After losing a friend, 5-year-old DaMiyah Telemaque-Nelson, to Burkitt’s lymphoma, Wall made a generous donation toward non-Hodgkin lymphoma research. He also sponsored the “Miyah’s Troupe” walking team, and joined DaMiyah’s family in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk in D.C.
In addition to supporting DaMiyah’s family this preseason, Wall held his annual #2SQUAD Back to School distribution, providing new backpacks filled with school supplies to 600 students from Raleigh and D.C. In partnership with the John Wall Family Foundation, Wall funded the Passport to Manhood Program at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington, which uses interactive activities and service projects to teach adolescent boys responsibility, leadership and the importance of giving back. Wall also visited D.C.’s Bright Beginnings Inc. (BBI), a non-profit that provides shelter, education and meals to homeless children and their parents. Wall surprised BBI with a donation to support existing programming and the opening of a new facility.
Wall will be presented with the David Robinson award during tonight’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks. Kaiser Permanente and the NBA will also donate $10,000 on Wall’s behalf to the John Wall Family Foundation.
John has consistently been one of the NBA players most connected to the community. Salute!