Bradley Beal gives HBCU scholarships and gifts to four DC high school students

Mike DePrisco
·3 min read

Continuing his work with Ron Brown High School in Washington D.C., Wizards star Bradley Beal provided four students with scholarships to HBCU's and several assorted gifts. 

Members of the Wizards organization gave Justin Williams, Christian Johnson, Jaden Crosson, and Hassan Brunner each a branded hoodie of their future college or university a Microsoft Surface and keyboard, Between the World and Me by Ta'Nehisi Coates, Radical Dreams Pins, a Wizards and Mystics Black Lives Matter shirt, and more Wizards branded items.

Beal then joined the students on a Zoom call to surprise them all with $3,000 in scholarships to their respective schools. 

"I'm speechless," Beal said, per a story from Wizards.com. "I'm beyond proud of you guys. For one, you're the true pioneers of Ron Brown. You guys are the first wave of seniors. That will forever be legendary, a memory you could always hold."

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"I'm even more proud of you guys for going to colleges you all chose to go to – you decided to go to an HBCU," he said. Especially in the time in which we are in now, I feel like those are statement pieces. It's amazing to see what young, Black men were able to do with the opportunity you guys were given. I remember telling you guys time and time again, take advantage of every opportunity you're given, no matter what it is in sports, school, teachers, mentoring, programs, whatever it may be. Whatever opportunity you have, seize it – because you don't always get those moments. We know we're born with these disadvantages. You guys had a great advantage already going to a school in Ron Brown, which prepares you for college."

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Beal has worked with Ron Brown High School extensively over the last few years, including a tour of Howard University he led in February with 50 of the school's students. This year's class was the school's first set of seniors headed off to college, so Beal used money out of his Community Assist Award to provide some financial assistance. 

"We definitely appreciate it," Crosson's mother said. "He's [Beal] been so engaged with them. He's [Jaden] gotten a lot from everything that Mr. Bradley Beal has done for the school."

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Bradley Beal gives HBCU scholarships and gifts to four DC high school students originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington