Basketball players are often celebrated because of their accomplishments on the court, however, a lot of prominent players are very active in their communities by doing different types of charity work.
John Wall is one of these players, who has proved himself as one of the best point guards in the league, while also being very active in his community. In 2015 Wall decided to help children in D.C. area to get prepared for the school year by supplying them with back backpacks and other things necessary for their school work.
On top of that, he also made a $400,000 donation to Bright Beginnings, “nationally accredited child and family development center that offers a bright start for homeless infants, toddlers and preschoolers, and their families.”
When asked about his generous donation, Wall said: "It was just an opportunity. I’ve been knowing about Bright Beginnings since my second or third year in the league and I’ve just been talking to them and doing certain things,” “I think it’s just devastating. You already see homeless people out on the streets, that’s tough to see, but you always wonder how they got there, what happened. But then you see the little kids. I never want to see my child, when I have one, on the side of the street not having anywhere to sleep, not having a place to get an education and things like that.
“So I just liked how they’re doing it. They’re giving parents an opportunity to clean themselves up, find a job and just giving those kids an opportunity to get an education and have a place to sleep and food to eat. So I thought it was important to give back to them.”
Wall pledged to donate $1 million to local charities in when he signed a five-year, $80 million contract extension in 2013. Wall said he has more charitable contributions planned in the Washington area and in his hometown of Raleigh, N.C.
“God gave me the ability and the talent to play basketball and do something I love,” Wall said. “But I think it’s more important and bigger to give back to the community and do certain things and show people that you care, that you’re not just a Hollywood person that doesn’t care about other people’s lives, the less fortunate because I was in that situation before.”