John Wall will be awarded for offering a helping hand
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John Wall will be awarded for offering a helping hand

NBA players aren’t always recognized for their charitable contributions to the community. But in some cases, like this one with John Wall, they are.

The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty announced on Wednesday that they will be honoring Washington Wizards guard John Wall this Thursday for his $400,000 Bright Beginnings donation that helps homeless youth with education health and family services.

The donation was used to fund a second building for the organization that is scheduled to open in 2017.

Wall pledged to donate $1 million to DC charities in 2013, and is halfway to his mark. He will be receiving the Stewart B. McKinney Award joining the likes of Ted Leonsis and John Grisham.

The NLCHP released a statement to the press:

“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.”

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