The Washington Wizards are hoping Otto Porter Jr. can create a dynamic backcourt with John Wall, but even if the rookie doesn’t pan out to be a star, he is already using his new found riches in a truly altruistic way.
Charitable acts by athletes are always an interesting discussion. There is almost a demand and expectation from fans that players should use their celebrity and money to help those that are less fortunate. In a truly utopian world, I agree. I don’t think this is fair to expect, but it would be great if they did. I don’t think it is necessary for us to know what they do to help, but a Washington Post reader recently witnessed Porter bring food to a homeless man, and it moved him to write a letter to the paper to make others aware of th e good Porter is doing.
On Friday, during a very stressful week for Washington, I looked to escape the madness for 30 minutes on what was a warm fall afternoon. I was reading The Post and eating a quick lunch at a table outside a local sandwich shop while a disheveled homeless man sat nearby, persistently and unsuccessfully asking anyone who walked by if he or she could “spare a sandwich.”
After about 25 minutes, Otto Porter Jr., the Georgetown basketball star and the Washington Wizards’ newest first-round draft pick, drove up, hopped out of his car and entered the shop. Mr. Porter soon exited with his sandwich and drink — but also with a sandwich, a bag of chips and a drink for the homeless man. Mr. Porter then sat down next to the man, and they both enjoyed their sandwiches while making small talk.
There is probably much more of this happening that we know of with other athletes, and it is cool to see that Porter did this. He likely wasn’t thinking “someone is watching me,” which is the best kind of charity.