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Wizards To Hold Panel For High Schoolers In Honor Of MLK Day

An old Wizards photo, but they’re winners off the court for their community service on Monday. Photo by Joseph Glorioso

The Washington Wizards plan to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday not just by (hopefully) beating the Philadelphia 76ers, but with an interactive panel for high school students.

The panel, according to a release, is “designed to allow aspiring young men of color to listen and discuss their dreams and aspirations with local professionals from various backgrounds.” The panel, which will be lead by Comcast SportsNet broadcaster Chris Miller, and feature chairman and CEO of the Stafford Foundation Earl Stafford, former ‘Zards Etan Thomas, executive director of Future Leaders & Young Entrepreneurs Cortni Grange, and Comcast SportsNet broadcaster Sebastian Salazar, will aim to inspire students to “take charge of their lives, make good decisions, and be successful in their pursuit of eduction.”

In addition the panel, which will take place at 11 a.m. at the Monumental Theatre in the Verizon Center, before the team’s 2 p.m tip-off, Mystics player Tierra Ruffin-Pratt and Capitals Hall of Famer Rod Langway are going to join fans in painting murals and organizing closets and other helpful tasks at Kimball Elementary School (3375 Minnesota Avenue SE) next to Fort Dupont Park on Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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