John Wall and Anthony Davis named finalists for the NBA Cares Community Assist Award
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John Wall and Anthony Davis named finalists for the NBA Cares Community Assist Award

Mrs. Tyler Thompsonover 5 years


One thing John Calipari has to be proud of during his career is how much his players give back to their communities once they make it to the league. Today, two former Cats were recognized by the league for just that. John Wall and Anthony Davis were named finalists for the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for "extraordinary efforts in the community."  Both players have foundations to improve lives in their communities and give back to children in need. Here's a recap of their efforts, from UK:
In March, Davis hosted a basketball clinic for more than 100 children and awarded each child with a ticket to the Pelicans’ game the following night. Davis has been extremely active in the New Orleans Pelicans’ player-ticket program, where he has aided nearly 6,500 local children in attending Pelicans games. Additionally, Davis has supported coastal restoration efforts in the New Orleans area. He donated a one-on-one “Bowling with the Brow” experience in each of the last two seasons which has helped raise $30,000 for educational programming on coastal restoration.
Wall was recognized for his continuing efforts in the community with the season’s first monthly honor in October. Wall’s most notable efforts center on his five-year-old friend, DaMiyah Telemaque-Nelson, who tragically passed away weeks before her sixth birthday. Wall donated to research for non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He sponsored the “Miyah’s Troupe: a team for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk in Washington. He missed a Wizards’ preseason game to attend the event.
He’s also donated backpacks filled with school supplies to 600 students in Washington, D.C., and his hometown of Raleigh, N.C. Furthermore, he donated $400,000 to a non-profit organization providing shelter, education and meals to homeless children and their families called D.C.’s Bright Beginnings.
Want to help them win? Vote on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using both #NBACommunity Assist and a player’s name (i.e.: #AnthonyDavis or #JohnWall). It's so easy John Calipari can do it: Voting will also take place via the NBA Cares website, and will run from May 9-18. Get to it!

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