Take the Pledge

Join the Wizards, Caps, Mystics & Special Olympics DC and make your pledge for respect.

For the third consecutive year, the Washington Wizards will collaborate with Special Olympics District of Columbia for their annual “Spread the Word to End the Word” awareness day, aimed at ending the hurtful use of the R-word (“retard(ed)”) negatively impacting people with intellectual disabilities.

During the game against the Utah Jazz on March 5, the team will honor members of the Special Olympics D.C. Unified Basketball team that will participate in the Special Olympics USA Games taking place June 14-21 in New Jersey. A public service announcement encouraging fans to take the pledge (the same video that is embedded on this page) will air during the game and will feature Trevor Booker, Marcin Gortat, Chris Singleton, Garrett Temple, John Wall and Martell Webster. Fans will also have a chance to take the pledge and sign a banner on the concourse in support of the initiative.

Wizards, Caps and Mystics players will also be signing a special banner pledging their support in ending the R-word. We’ll be updating this page with pictures of players taking the pledge and other special content throughout the week.

The following day, Wizards players will attend the Special Olympics D.C. Unified Basketball league games where six teams composed of adults with and without intellectual disabilities compete each week. Temple and Webster will reprise their roles as national anthem singers while Booker, Gortat, Singleton and Wall will serve as coaches and referees. The games start on Thursday, March 6, at 6:30pm at St. Coletta of Greater Washington. The Wizard Girls, G-Man and the Secret Service Dunkers will also be in attendance and will perform at halftime.