Wallace’s energetic playing style earned him a following while still an underclassman at Childersburg High School. He went on to play a season at the University of Alabama before entering the NBA draft. During his playing career, he has called Sacramento, Charlotte, Portland, New Jersey and Brooklyn home, and just this summer he became a member of the Boston Celtics team.
He’s never forgotten where he came from, and has hosted a summer basketball camp for kids in his hometown for four years. He helped with the restoration of the Phyllis Wheatley Community Center gym, and in 2008 set up The Gerald Wallace Foundation. Through the foundation he has been able to extend his generosity to children in his NBA teams’ cities and in his hometown.
He has sponsored Fourth of July fireworks in Childersburg for several years now, he has sponsored attendance of young people at NBA games and a playground in Charlotte, and he purchased a physical therapy device for a Childersburg teenager battling a paralyzing condition. Erica Wilson has attended Wallace’s basketball camps and she competes on a wheelchair basketball team, even as she continues therapy to try to regain more control of her legs.
Wallace said it’s fun to be able to reach out and make an impact on the lives of young people, and his visit to ASD is sure to be a highlight for the students he met there. He is a role model and an inspiration for many, and he’s a man who has made his hometown proud.