Washington, DC (January 17, 2015) – The Washington Wizards will honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with an interactive panel discussion for high school students on Monday, Jan. 19, at 11 a.m. prior to the Wizards’ game against the Philadelphia 76ers (2 p.m. tipoff). This year’s interactive panel is designed to allow aspiring young men to listen and discuss their dreams and aspirations with local professionals from various backgrounds. The panel will also touch on the NBA’s partnership with MENTOR and “My Brother’s Keeper” and inspire each young man to take charge of their lives, make good decisions and be successful in their pursuit of education. The event will take place at the Monumental Theatre located on the fourth floor at Verizon Center.
Comcast SportsNet broadcaster Chris Miller will lead the diverse panel featuring Monumental Sports & Entertainment partner and chairman and CEO of the Stafford Foundation, Earl Stafford, former Washington Wizards player Etan Thomas, executive director of Future Leaders & Young Entrepreneurs Cortni Grange andComcast SportsNet broadcaster Sebastian Salazar.
As part of the MLK Day of Service, Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation has partnered with Playworks Washington, D.C., for a community project at Kimball Elementary School in southeast D.C. Washington Mystics player Tierra Ruffin-Pratt and Capitals Hall-of-Famer Rod Langway will join Capitals, Mystics and Wizards fans in tasks including painting murals and organizing closets from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.Attendees are also encouraged to donate new or gently used winter hats and gloves for students.