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Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard and Mystics coach Mike Thibault share their first-choice charity

Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard and Mystics coach Mike Thibault share their first-choice charity

Wizards and Mystics fans are used to hearing Tommy Sheppard and Mike Thibault talk hoops, but in a one-on-one conversation in the digital series "Level With Me," courtesy of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, they discussed a topic that's bigger than the game. 

Two of the highest-ranking members in DC basketball each gave their biggest charity and why they're so passionate about it. Sheppard, the father of two American military officers, chose TAPS.

"TAPS, the Tragedy Assistant Program for Survivors is something that really resonates," Sheppard said. "I have two daughters that are both United States Marines, they're officers and one is currently deployed. Every day, people are protecting us and protecting our freedoms and those people need support when somebody falls and there's a family left behind. 

"I can't say enough about TAPS," he said. "Their commitment to helping families and it resonates to see the impact on those families that are left behind."

Like Sheppard, who's one of seven children, Thibault is a product of a big family. Unfortunately, a genetic lung disease has heavily impacted his family, so fighting cystic fibrosis has always been Thibault's focus.

"I'm the oldest of nine kids," Thibault said. "In my family, unfortunately, I've had five siblings pass away with cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis for me is always going to be a background. I'm a carrier, my wife is not and it's been the focus of a lot of our charity work in the various places we've been."

Before Thibault stopped talking about his own focus on charity, he made sure to praise Wizards and Mystics players for their efforts off the court. 

"You look at players on both of our teams that have been involved in various charities," he said. "And if you look and watch what our players do behind the scenes, there are not cameras following them, we have a great investment by a lot of our players."

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Wizards release united statement in response to the death of George Floyd

Wizards release united statement in response to the death of George Floyd

While protests continue across the country following the death of George Floyd, the world's biggest sports figures, including Michael Jordan and LeBron James, have used their platforms to make it clear where they stand on the numerous social issues fueling the protests.

You can now add the Washington Wizards to that group. Early Monday morning, the Wizards posted a "united statement" on social media in response to Floyd's death and the protests that have followed.

Included in the post are four separate statements.

"We will no longer tolerate the assassination of people of color in this country."

"We will no longer accept the abuse of power from law enforcement."

"We will no longer accept ineffective government leaders who are tone-deaf, lack compassion or respect for communities of color."

"We will no longer shut up and dribble."

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Davis Bertans and Rui Hachimura were among players to share the same statements on Instagram.


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Athletes react to death of George Floyd, ongoing civil unrest in Minneapolis, other cities

Athletes react to death of George Floyd, ongoing civil unrest in Minneapolis, other cities

The death of George Floyd has caused outrage across the country, with thousands protesting in several American cities demanding justice.

Several prominent athletes, including former NBA legend Michael Jordan, Lakers forward LeBron James, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and many others, have taken to social media to share their thoughts on the ongoing protests and civil unrest.

Jordan released a statement on Sunday sharing his thoughts on the situation. 

James sent out this tweet early Sunday morning asking "Why does America not love us?"

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence sent out a pair of tweets on Friday, stating that "love must outweigh hate."

United States national team midfielder Weston McKennie, who plays in the German Bundesliga for Schalke 04, sported an armband during his club's match this weekend that read "Justice for George Floyd."

After scoring a goal during Borussia Dortmund's Bundesliga match on Sunday, English winger Jadon Sancho took off his jersey and revealed his undershirt, which read "Justice for George Floyd."

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman sent out several tweets regarding Floyd's death and the protests.

Winnipeg Jets forward Blake Wheeler, a Minneapolis area native who played three seasons for the University of Minnesota, offered his take on the situation:

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett tweeted he "doesn't feel safe" in America after Floyd's death.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow tweeted this:

Former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens shared his thoughts on the situation.

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz:

Nationals closer Sean Doolittle shared his thoughts with this post, captioned "#BlackLivesMatter."

Wizards guard Bradley Beal engaged with several of his followers on Saturday, sending off multiple tweets about an array of topics surrounding the impact and style of the protests.

Mystics guard Natasha Cloud wrote a powerful piece in The Players Tribune, emphasizing that those who are staying silent during this situation is "a knee on her neck."

Monumental Sports and Entertainment said this on Sunday: