In the months leading up to the November General Election, Wizards star Bradley Beal has been one of numerous athletes vocal about the importance of registering to vote and worked to make the opportunity more accessible for many in the local community.
Yet for Beal, the experience of voting will a new one for himself. It's something he's never done before.
"It will be the first time I've ever voted," Beal said in a recent speech about the voting center at Capital One Arena. “I can selfishly say I was that individual four years ago and maybe eight years ago. I was someone who didn’t take registration seriously, I was someone who thought that my vote didn’t count."
The mindset for the veteran NBA guard changed after having some important discussions with his parents and grandparents. Hearing about how his family experienced a time where voting was not guaranteed for all and the efforts they went through to earn the right, Beal realized that his ability to let his voice be heard is a privilege that not everyone has had.
Therefore, he's now turned the page and is ready to join in on the vote while also sharing his new perspective with others.
“For me, I clearly took that for granted for eight to ten years, so I definitely want to nip that in the bud and make my opportunity to make my vote count this year," Beal said.
In order to do that, Beal has teamed up with the Wizards, Washington Mystics, Washington Capitals and Monumental Sports to spread a message of voter involvement leading up to and on November 3. The main initiative included creating a voting center at Capital One Arena to allow more access for voters in the D.C. area.
With that, the hope is that many will join Beal in casting their ballots this election season.
“This is what it’s all about, all of us coming together and for everybody’s voices to be heard...this voting center serves as your voice to be heard for the rest of the world," Beal said.
“We encourage everyone in the city to please let your voices be heard and what better opportunity to do so than right here at Capital One in your city," Beal said.