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John Wall to receive award for his work to end homelessness

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The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty announced on Wednesday morning they will be honoring John Wall as part of their annual awards ceremony on Thursday evening. Here’s part of the press release:

Washington Wizard John Wall, U.S. Senator Susan M. Collins, Dechert LLP and Angela Spencer, at the 18th annual McKinney-Vento Awards Ceremony in Washington D.C. The Law Center will also celebrate 27 years of high impact work to protect the rights of individuals experiencing homelessness and to end homelessness in America. Dana Jacobson, an award winning TV sports personality and correspondent and anchor for CBS News and CBS Sports, will emcee. Ted Leonsis and Congresswoman Gwen Moore will join us as awards presenters.

The Law Center will present the Stewart B. McKinney Award to John Wall of the Washington Wizards and the Bruce F. Vento Award to U.S. Senator Susan Collins. Both honorees have worked to address the issue of youth homelessness, with John Wall donating his time to help homeless children and U.S. Senator Susan Collins advocating for legislation to prevent homelessness among young adults, foster children, and families.


The McKinney-Vento Awards pays tribute to Congressmen Stewart B. McKinney and Bruce F. Vento, co-authors of the first major legislation addressing the national homelessness crisis. The 18th annual McKinney-Vento Awards will be held on Thursday September 22nd at 6:00 p.m. at The Liaison Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.

As you may recall, Wall donated $400,000 to Bright Beginnings, an organization that helps homeless youth, last year.

Past recipients of the Stewart B. McKinney Award include Steve Smith, Abe Pollin, Ted Leonsis, and John Grisham.

After all the hubbub about Wall wearing a Cowboys jersey to FedEx Field on Sunday, it’s nice to get a reminder like this about all the wonderful things he does in the Washington D.C. community.