Washington Wizards star John Wall raised more than $550,000 to support Ward 8 residents during the coronavirus pandemic. (Daniel Kucin Jr./The Washington Informer)
Washington Wizards star John Wall raised more than $550,000 to support Ward 8 residents during the coronavirus pandemic. (Daniel Kucin Jr./The Washington Informer)

Though Washington Wizards point guard John Wall will not be playing during the upcoming NBA restart, he is making an impact off the court for those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

The John Wall Family Foundation recently announced that it has raised more than $550,00 during its monthlong “202 Assist” fundraiser, nearly doubling its original goal of $300,000.

Wall and the foundation extended gratitude to those who donated, shared and assisted in the campaign.

“I am overwhelmed by how the community came together to help their neighbors,” Wall said. “This is yet another example of how, despite what’s going on in our city and across the world, we are still unified. We are in this together, and we will come out of this together.”

From May 22 to June 22, participants were encouraged to donate online to help provide rent assistance to families affected by the pandemic within the Ward 8 community. The foundation worked with Mayor Muriel Bowser, the Department of Housing and Community Development, Lydia’s House, and Housing Counseling Services to identify qualifying applicants and disperse rent relief.

In addition to receiving donations from residents, dignitaries and celebrities also pitched in to show their support, including Wall’s Wizards teammates, Seat Pleasant native and fellow NBA star Kevin Durant, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and Washington Nationals player Ryan Zimmerman.

Wall started the fund with a $100,000 contribution. He, along with his foundation, continue to serve the D.C. and North Carolina communities during the pandemic.

In April, Wall donated 2,300 N95 masks and 600 Chick-fil-A meals to front line workers at MedStar Washington Hospital and UNC Rex Healthcare.

The John Wall Foundation also provided students at Bright Beginnings in Washington, D.C., with essential items from their COVID-19 Amazon Wishlist. Wall also contributed to the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation Feeding the Frontline Fund and Zimmerman’s Pros for Heroes COVID-19 Relief Fund, both benefiting front-line responders.

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