Washington Wizards radio play-by-play voice Dave Johnson announced his multiple sclerosis diagnosis nearly three years ago. The CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, Ted Leonsis, shared that team wants to support his and other people’s battle with the disease.
Leonsis stated Sunday that the Wizards have teamed up with other local sponsors to make a $100,000 donation to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in Johnson’s name.
“We want to help you, and we want to help others all around the country and use you as the exemplar on how you are fighting this with grace and dignity and continuing to do great work for everyone here in our community; we love you, Dave,” Leonsis said in a scoreboard message broadcast during Washington's game Sunday vs. the Indiana Pacers.
The Wizards surprised Johnson during a commercial break as he worked the game with longtime broadcast partner Glenn Consor.
"It caught me off guard," Johnson said during an appearance with Chris Miller on Wizards Postgame Live after Washington's 133-123 win over the Indiana Pacer. "It just goes to show you what we have, a community like we do with Wizards fans and our sponsors, our partners that have chipped in for this. When you create a community and you help and support one another, this just isn't about my cause. This is about whatever help somebody needs."
The Wizards join D.C. United, who donated last year to Johnson’s fight with MS, contributing money up to $20,000 every time Johnson celebrated a goal scored by the club on-air with his famous line, “It’s in the Net!”