Washington Wizards John Wall slam-dunked with nearly 300 hundred kids as he handed out backpacks filled with school supplies at the Boys & Girls Club in Washington.
According to WTOP, Wall took time with each child as he gave them their supplies for school, and spoke briefly at the event expressing his gratitude and love for the kids.
“These kids might be excited to see me, but I’m more excited to see them,” said Wall. “They put a bigger smile on my face knowing that I’m making their day or their year.”
Wall has been traveling the country during his off season while recovering from an injury in his hand. Earlier this year, Wall hosted a similar event in Raleigh, North Carolina, giving kids in the community needed supplies for their education.
“I just always want to tell the kids that they can dream and believe in their abilities or whatever they want to do in this world and also make sure they get their education first,” said Wall.
The two-time NBA All-Star was the first of his family to attend college after growing up in Raleigh. At 24 years old, Wall has won countless awards and honors for his career including the Best Male College Athlete Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award in 2010.
During the event, Wall explained that he wished he could have received school supplies growing up. He met with each child, no doubt inspiring each of them at the start of their educational career.
“Just to be a successful woman or man in this world, you always want to have an education or degree to fall back on, so that’s one of the most important things I want to do and preach to these kids,” said Wall.
The Washington Wizards point guard has now set up these students for a shot at life.