John Wall to receive national honor for work with homeless youth

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John Wall's off-the-court contributions have earned him recognition from The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty.

John Wall to receive national honor for work with homeless youth

John Wall's off-the-court contributions have earned him recognition from The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty.

John Wall's choice of attire at NFL games may be questionable, but his off-the-court contributions are solid gold. 

The Washington Wizards point guard is being honored for his work with homeless youth on Thursday, The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty announced on Wednesday. 

Wall donated $400,000 to Bright Beginnings, an organization that helps homeless youth, in 2015. That donation was part of Wall fulfilling a promise he made in 2013. When he signed his $80 million contract extension, he pledged to give $1 million to charity.

"I want to donate my time along with the money. My whole thing is I was put on this earth to be something, and I was blessed to be a great basketball player, but my main thing was to keep striving to be a better person," Wall told The Washington Post in 2013. "That’s one thing my mom always instilled in me, it doesn’t matter what nobody thinks about you as a basketball player, they are going to look at you as a person first."

With contributions like that, Wall should be able to wear a Dallas Cowboys jersey anywhere he pleases in the District of Columbia. 

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