John Wall Wins NBA Cares Community Assist Award

by June 01, 2016

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall is known for dropping dimes on the court and is being recognized for his charitable efforts by winning the seasonlong NBA Cares Community Assist Award.

Wall will be given the award at Bright Beginnings Inc., a child and family development center for homeless infants, toddlers and preschoolers and their families in D.C., and the NBA will donate $25,000 to the John Wall Family Foundation.

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Following the award presentation, Wall and attendees will participate in a community service project at Bright Beginnings Inc., a non-profit that offers education, shelter and meals to homeless children and their parents.  Earlier this year Wall surprised BBI with a generous donation to support programming and a new facility, and he recently received their Champions for Children Award honoring his commitment to the health and welfare of children and families.


In addition to his efforts with BBI, Wall worked to make a difference for those in need throughout local communities this season.  After his friend, 5-year-old DaMiyah Telemaque-Nelson, lost her battle with Burkitt’s lymphoma, Wall 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 partnership with the John Wall Family Foundation, Wall funded the Passport to Manhood Program at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington, which teaches adolescent boys responsibility, leadership and the importance of giving back through community service projects.  He also hosted various Wizards Make-A-Wish nights, and his second “FITTED” Prom Project, where he provided ten high school seniors with suits and accessories for their upcoming proms.


“I am honored and humbled to be selected as the 2016 Seasonlong NBA Cares Community Assist Award winner and would like to thank all the fans and my many friends who voted for me on social media,” said Wall.  “I am privileged to be in a position to better my communities in both Washington and Raleigh and I consider the outreach that I do to be the most rewarding part of being an NBA player.”