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John Wall shows up at basketball clinic for kids with disabilities

Jun 7, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

John Wall Fantasy Camp

This is a pretty incredible story about the character of Wizards guard John Wall, courtesy of Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post:

Figuring what the heck, [Andrew Horn, executive director of Dreams For Kids DC] told Wall that his group was about to host 40 children with disabilities for a basketball game, and invited the point guard to join in.

“I don’t know if I can play, but I’ll definitely come and say what’s up,” Wall replied, and then went into the Wizards locker room to shower…

Horn figured that was that, and he went got ready for the clinic. [Ta’Shia] Phillips, the Mystics center, addressed the kids, giving them a motivational speech and telling them how they could all be pros for the day.

Not long after that, Wall showed up.

“Now they went from having an awesome practice in Verizon Center to literally hanging out with one of the best players in the league,” Horn told me. “It was awesome. It was unbelievable.”

Horn said the guard spent at least 30 or 45 minutes with the group, taking individual pictures with every kid, signing everything that was given to him and chatting with the parents, who were also excited…

…As for Horn, he went up to Wall as the star was leaving to give him a business card.

“He said he’ll definitely be in touch,” Horn recalled. “He thanked us for letting him come out. It was unbelievable.”

That is an unbelievable story, for all the best reasons, and I encourage you to click through and read the full piece. On the court, it’s obvious that Wall has the talent to be one of the league’s best players. Now it’s becoming apparent that Wall has the character to be one of the league’s best ambassadors off of it.

  1. stinkfingers - Jun 7, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    Well done Mr. Wall. And props to Ms Phillips as well.

    With the NFL lockout in full swing, and an NBA lockout looming, its refreshing to see pro athletes act in such a selfless manner.

  2. zblott - Jun 7, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    Obviously it’s very cool of him to do that…but does anyone else find it just a little bit ironic that John Wall was speaking at a SKILLS camp? I’m not trying to take away from this great piece of ambassadorship and would never suggest he not show up to an event like this; it’s just funny.

  3. ezwriter69 - Jun 8, 2011 at 1:43 AM

    Any derogatory comments about his character now, Colin Cowturd? I’m sure you’ll find some way to slam him for this…

  4. bahston - Jun 8, 2011 at 4:29 AM

    Small acts like that change lives; great story.

    However, the best thing about the story is the feeling of authenticity – I’m inferring there was not an NBA C<3RES P.R. flak in sight. Those 30 or 40 minutes of quality time Mr. Wall spent with those kids will stay with them their entire lives. That is FANtastic

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