Thursday, November 19, 2015

Washington Wizards team up with military families to pack Cup of Joe bags

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After a long practice, athletes typically head to the locker room, ice their sore muscles and relax. But for the Washington Wizards, last Monday’s practice was anything but typical. As part of the NBA’s annual Hoops for Troops week, the Wizards invited members of the military community to watch practice and meet the team. After practice, the Wizards and their guests who were active-duty military, veterans, and families who lost a loved one in combat came together courtside to volunteer to help the homeless through our Cup of Joe program.

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, and almost all of the team jumped into the volunteering right away. Taking a break from their offseason, Washington Mystics players joined in as well. They took photos and teased each other on who was the best at packing bags (probably Otto Porter and Garrett Temple). Amid autographs and photos, more than 70 volunteers helped pack 1,000 breakfast bags to be delivered to our shelters.

Each night more than 1,000 men and women stay in our shelters. Each morning we want them to start the day with a meal. To help us meet this need, our Cup of Joe program teams up with community organizations to pack healthy breakfast to-go bags to be delivered to our shelters. The Washington Mystics volunteered last spring with Cup of Joe and this time the Wizards were more than happy to step up. 

"Whenever you have a chance to stand alongside a military veteran who served the country and helped protect you, it's always awesome," said Wizards Guard Bradley Beal. "And then we're coming together to be able give food away to homeless people, that's double whammy. For us to be here today truly means a lot to all of us." 

Watch a video recap of the event!

John Wall: a leader on the court and in the assembly line 

Cup of Joe in full swing at the Verizon Center

Otto Porter Jr. and members of the
military packing breakfast bags

Is your organization, parish, school or business interested in volunteering with Cup of Joe? Click here for more information. We would love to have you!