On Wednesday, June 1 the NBA presented Washington Wizards point guard, John Wall with the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for his charitable actions and dedication to community outreach. The 25 year-old Wall has been extremely active in the community since entering the NBA.
Many athletes focus on one specific cause outside of their game, but that isn’t the case here. Wall’s main efforts are with Bright Beginnings Inc. to help provide homeless children with education, shelter and food. He has also been active in the fight against leukemia in support of his young friend, five-year-old Miyah Telemaque-Nelson, who lost her battle with Burkitt’s lymphoma in December of 2014. He joined Miyah’s family in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk in D.C. in October and sponsored the “Miyah’s Troupe” walking team.
In addition, Wall funded the Passport to Manhood Program to teach young boys responsibility and leadership and teamed up with Sean John to provide high school students with suits and tuxedos for prom.
This marks the fourth year that the league has recognized a season-long winner of the Community Assist Award, which has been given monthly since the start of the 2001-02 season. Wall also won the monthly award in October. Past season-long winners include Pau Gasol (2011-12), Dwyane Wade (2012-13),Stephen Curry (2013-14), and Russell Westbrook (2014-15).
Other nominees for this year’s season-long award were Carmelo Anthony, Mike Conley, Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Zach LaVine, Damian Lillard, and Victor Oladipo.