As some may not know certain wards in the District of Columbia need all the help they can get. One of those is Ward 8. Although I’m a native of Ward 7, Ward 8 isn’t far from home meaning it’s within walking distance. We’re always looking for those who are willing to step up and make sure the city is defended and in good hands.
I honesty feel it’s safe to say D.C.’s own Ward 8 is protected by Washington Mystics guard Natasha Cloud and Washington Wizards point guard John Wall.
Why do I say this? Well let’s go back to 2019 when Cloud took a stand and held a media blackout in support of the Ward 8 community after on more than one occasion stray bullets hit Hendley Elementary School. She first took to Instagram calling out Mayor Muriel Bowser and Ward 8 Councilman Trayon White requesting a response in the form of a sit-down or solution. When that didn’t happen, the media blackout occurred, in which Cloud addressed the media post game to only talk about gun violence.
As for Wall, he’s helping out Ward 8 by launching a rent relief program, “202 Assist”, to help those in need during the COVID-19 crisis. He recently was on MSNBC to discuss the program with Craig Melvin.
Washington Wizards player John Wall joins @craigmelvin to discuss his launching of a rent relief program for Ward 8 in Washington, DC, one of the region’s most underserved communities. pic.twitter.com/2TpbhQwAHx— MSNBC (@MSNBC) May 26, 2020
Both Cloud and Wall are no strangers to Ward 8 as they both play and/or practice at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Congress Heights. It’s always a great feel when athletes fight for or give back to the community they play in. With Cloud and Wall being heroes without capes Ward 8 can try, if not already, to have hope that someone is always looking out for them.
A heartfelt THANK YOU goes out to them both from me personally and I know the residents of Ward 8 thank you as well.