John Wall has done a lot of amazing things that go beyond the basketball court over the past few years, but he's really ramped things up over the past year, both with his efforts to raise awareness for lymphoma and to provide support for children in need. Of course, Wall isn't doing these things for attention, but at the same time, it's nice to see Wall get recognized for what he's doing to help people.
On Tuesday, the NBA awarded John Wall with the Community Assist award for the month of October. Here's part of the release:
Kaiser Permanente and the NBA are recognizing 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.
"I was not put on this earth just to be a basketball player," said Wall. "I'm blessed to have the opportunity to help those who are less fortunate, and support them in any way I can."
Some people in life just get it, and John Wall is one of the guys who just instinctually understands what it means to represent a franchise, both as a player and as a good human being.
Wall will be recognized ahead of Tuesday's game against the Bucks, and let's just hope he gets the more cheering than Michael Carter-Williams would get at the free-throw line with an opportunity to give fans free chicken sandwiches.