Wall donates $400,000 to center for homeless children

Kentucky head coach John Calipari always talks about servant leadership. He stresses to his players that in order to lead, they must serve all.

Former UK point guard John Wall got that message loud and clear.

Wall made a $400,000 donation Friday to Bright Beginnings, an early childhood development and learning organization that serves around 162 children per day whose families are living in crisis shelters or transitional housing.

John Wall donated $400,000 to Bright Beginnings on Friday. (photo courtesy of UK Athletics)

John Wall donated $400,000 to Bright Beginnings on Friday. (photo courtesy of UK Athletics)

According to the story by the Washington City Paper, Wall’s donation will help the center open its second planned facility in Ward 8, which will serve 100 additional children and their families. That second facility is expected to open in 2017.

“Support from individuals like Mr. Wall, gives Bright Beginnings the encouragement to continue to provide comprehensive services for homeless children in the District of Columbia,” Bright Beginnings Executive Director Dr. Betty Jo Gaines said in a statement on the center’s Facebook page. “It is evident that John Wall is sensitive and concerned about the plight of homeless children in DC and he wants these children to succeed.”

At the new center will be a John Wall, Wall of Achievement, highlighting the everyday moments of greatness Bright Beginnings students accomplish, in addition to the legacies left behind by high school and college graduates who were once Bright Beginnings toddlers and preschoolers. The center will also name a classroom in Wall’s name.

This certainly isn’t the first time Wall has made a significant charitable donation. After signing a five-year contract extension in 2013, Wall donated $1 million to Washington D.C.-area charities.

There was also the game this past season he dedicated to a young girl named Miyah Nelson, a cancer patient whom he had befriended but who passed away due to Burkitt’s Lymphoma. The two met when Wall learned of the 6-year-old’s wish to meet artist Nicki Minaj and Wall helped make a video with her to try to make that happen (which was successful).

The donation to Bright Beginnings is yet another classy move by Wall in ever-growing list of them. It’s great to see that the Three Pillars Coach Cal teaches – industriousness, servant leadership and having a kind heart – have made such a strong impact on his players’ lives, not only while they’re at UK, but in their time after UK as well.

For more pictures on Wall’s visit to Bright Beginnings, be sure to click here.

Well done by Wall.