There was cause for celebration at Capital One Arena after the Washington Wizards open practice on Tuesday, the day proclaimed by the D.C. City Council to be “Bradley Beal Day” in D.C., even if the man of the hour was stuck at home recovering from an illness.
The Wizards celebrated Bradley Beal Day, with a special proclamation introduced by way of a resolution from councilwoman Brooke Pinto.
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Though Brad couldn’t be there physically to celebrate the unique honor, he did send a video message.
“Super bummed that I can’t be there, but definitely want to thank everyone for taking the time, to come out to FanFest for one, and spend time with my teammates, supporting our team this year as we get ready to kick off our season, and for sharing this moment with me and my family, for a special day for us,” he said. “It’s truly a blessing and an honor.”
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In his place, Brad sent his wife Kamiah as well as his two sons, Deuce and Braylon. The event was emcee’d by Wizards broadcaster Chris Miller and Ward 2 Council Chief of Staff Genevieve Hulick, from councilwoman Pinto’s office, was on hand to present the proclamation along with members of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office.
What a way to end @RealDealBeal23 Day in D.C.
A celebration of his contributions to our community 👏 pic.twitter.com/CBUtyTvxBr
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) October 12, 2022
The Wizards also celebrated No. 3. with a special video package.
When asked to reflect on Brad’s impact on the Washington Wizards franchise and the D.C. Community, Coach Wes Unseld Jr. put it best.
“It’s very rare to see a guy commit to a franchise in this way,” he said. “We’ve seen throughout his tenure here, his willingness to give back to the community. It’s a lot of things that are published but there’s so many more done under the radar. So it’s credit to who he is as a person…well raised, well spoken, but he understands and gets that he is very blessed. Now he has the opportunity to impart his blessings back on others.”