For many around professional sports, winning and losing is the major factor that determines success within the organization. For the Washington Wizards, however, it’s about a whole lot more than just their record at the end of a season. Washington consistently puts community service as major priority interspersed throughout their season.
This preseason, the Wizards traveled to Brazil for a matchup that pitted them against the Chicago Bulls. So far during the trip, Washington has attempted to spread basketball as well as news of hope to the impoverished cities throughout the nation.
Power forward Nene Hilario has headed the services, as he as well as Bradley Beal, Trevor Ariza, Martell Webster, Kevin Seraphin, Al Harrington, and Glen Rice Jr. took part in a one-hour basketball clinic in the poverty stricken area of Favela Alemao, Brazil.
Afterward, most of the players stayed around for at least 45 minutes to an hour signing autographs, taking pictures, and chatting with all the participants.
Nene later said, “You don’t have to do much. Simple gestures here, you change people’s day or a kid’s life.” Beyond the basketball, the Washington Wizards as an organization set out to not only win basketball games but to change someone’s life.
The Wizards will take on the Chicago Bulls tonight at 5 PM ET from Brazil.