John Wall continues to make an impact on the community level.
The Wizards star and his foundation gave out backpacks and school supplies to nearly 300 young students at a Washington Boys & Girls Club on Saturday.
As the kids prepare for another year of school, Wall was pleased to lend a hand after recently holding a similar event in his native Raleigh, N.C.
“These kids might be excited to see me, but I’m more excited to see them,” Wall said, according to the Washington Post. “They put a bigger smile on my face knowing that I’m making their day or their year.”
Wall also worked with kids in New York City at All-Star Weekend last season, which was chronicled by Sports Illustrated's David Gardner.
“The NBA is what I love to do, I love playing the game of basketball,” Wall told the Post. “But whenever I can put smiles on these families’ faces and take the pressure off some of the parents that don’t have to buy backpacks and buy school supplies and help these kids—all they got to do now is go in there and get an education and get their work done.”
Other NBA stars, including the Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge and Clippers' Blake Griffin have been active in their communities this week, holding similar events and supplying kids with the necessary items for the new school year.
- Jeremy Woo