John Wall wins NBA Cares Community Assist Award

06/01/2016 05:17 PM

Former UK point guard John Wall was awarded the NBA Cares Community Assist Award this afternoon, according to a UK press release. Wall becomes the fifth player to receive the award.

The award comes with a $25,000 donation to a charity of Wall’s choice. Wall will donate the money to the John Wall Foundation, which will help build a new playground in Washington, D.C. He will match the donation with his own money to a charity in Raleigh, N.C. The John Wall Foundation helps to better the lives of disadvantaged families and at-risk youth.

Wall formed a close relationship with five-year-old DaMiyah Telemaque-Nelson, who was suffering from cancer. After her tragic death, he donated to research for non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He then became a sponsor for Miyah’s Troup: a group that participated in the Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk in Washington, D.C. He also helped out 600 students in the Washington and Raleigh areas by donating backpacks filled with school supplies to them. Wall’s work did not end there, as he donated $400,000 to D.C.‘s Bright Beginnings, a non-profit organization that helps homeless children and their families.

Wall was extremely humbled to receive this award, saying, “I am privileged to be in a position to better my communities in both Washington and Raleigh and I consider the outreach that I do to be the most rewarding part of being an NBA player.”

Wall now joins Pau Gasol, Dwayne Wade, Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook as winners of the award.

Clayton Abernathy

Clayton Abernathy is the producer for KSTV. A recent graduate from the University of Kentucky with a degree in journalism, Clayton covered UK sports throughout his four year college career for various radio and television stations, including an internship with KSTV last summer. He is passionate about UK sports, and loves to apply that passion to his work every day. He loves to eat, run, explore nature, jam with his buddies, and play basketball and golf on the weekends. You can follow Clayton on Twitter @Abernathy_cn2.

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