Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Wizards Star John Wall Donates $400,000 To Help Homeless Kids

Washington Wizards star John Wall is helping homeless children by donating $400,000 to a charity that serves kids whose families are in shelters or transitional housing. 

Bright Beginnings, which provides childcare and educational services for around 162 kids each day, made an announcement about the donation on its Facebook page Friday.

“Support from individuals like Mr. Wall, gives Bright Beginnings the encouragement to continue to provide comprehensive services for homeless children in the District of Columbia,” Betty Jo Gaines, the organization's executive director, said in the statement. “It is evident that John Wall is sensitive and concerned about the plight of homeless children in D.C. and he wants these children to succeed.”

The center, which focuses on kids preschool-age and younger, hopes to open a second child development center that would serve an additional 100 children, according to the Washington City Paper. The donation, which Wall made via the John Wall Family Foundation, will help the center achieve that goal.

In addition to the generous donation, the point guard also a hosted two half-day-long youth basketball camps in Potamac, Maryland, this past weekend. Last year, SB Nation praised the player’s philanthropic work, noting that he donated $1 million to D.C. charities in 2013 and has partnered with the Boys & Girls clubs of Greater Washington to promote education for young people.

Contact the author of this article at Hilary.Hanson@huffingonpost.com.


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