John Wall held his third annual block party and back pack giveaway at Malcolm X Elementary School in South East D.C. The John Wall Family Foundation continued it’s mission of giving back to the community, the event took place this past weekend on August 20th.
Upon arriving, the Wizards All-Star point guard walked around to each table and vendor, shaking the hand of every volunteer. Thanking them for being there, letting them know that he appreciated their showing up and support for the event and community.
Wall addressed the crowd shortly after his walk through, their was a buzz in the air as he spoke to the kids and parents in attendance. The principal of the school, Ms. Zara Berry-Young talked about the importance of education and told Wall that the school would have his support this season.
It was clear from both the principal and the Wizards point guard that this event wouldn’t be the last involving Wall. He plans to work with the school for the entire year, “popping in on classes” as he stated during the media session and more. He also cited one of the reasons for picking the particular school, it’ll be close to the practice facility that is under construction.
Every child that attended received a backpack full of school supplies and a personal picture with Wall. It was great to see both the children and Wall enjoy the moment.
During the media session, Wall talked about a multitude of topics including his foundation and the upcoming season. He has plans for his foundation and talked about how important it is that his vision is carried out. It’s clear that giving back is a priority of his and it’s refreshing to see that the athlete has the plan in place versus handlers. Everything about it is very sincere and genuine, he also talked about how his upbringing plays a role in his wanting and choosing to give back.
Of course there were basketball questions, about free agency, rehab, and more. Wall is currently filming a documentary of his rehab this offseason. He wants people to see how taxing that process is for professional athletes, pull the curtain back a bit and show fans what it’s like.
One of the keys to the session was when he talked about the partnership of himself and Bradley Beal. How tough it is to go forward as a team when “your two best players are hurt”. He also answered questions about the US National Team.
It’s always refreshing to see athletes give back, even better seeing the folks that are impacted by the willingness to give back. Definitely a great way to start the school year for Malcolm X Elementary students. The Washington Wizards guard continues to make a difference in the community, it’ll be fun to see how he and his foundation impact the students at Malcolm X this upcoming year.