#WizCares Community Leader
The Washington Wizards would like to congratulate SGT. Randy McElhaney on being selected as the 2017 Wizards Care Community Service Leader recipient. In recognition for all his dedication and sacrifices for our community and country, SGT. Randy McElhaney will participate in the "Jerseys Off Our Backs" ceremony on Saturday, April 8th and receive a game worn jersey from a Wizards player.
The Washington Wizards would like to thank all of the finalists for their contributions to our community, as well as all our fans that took the time to vote. To learn more about SGT. Randy McElhaney and our finalists, check out their profiles down below.
SGT Randy McElhaney USAE-N
MSE Pillar: Military & Veteran
Currently serving for the USAE-N (United States Army Element-North) S-3 Operations NCO managing all 1,400 soldiers that work at Walter Reed. Most recently served as the NCOIC of the Otolaryngology services to include Ear Nose Throat (ENT) and Audiology and Speech service in a joint service medical center (Walter Reed National Military Medical Center); monitoring daily operations and provides technical and administrative support for the clinic; responsible for the training, welfare, and supervision of six junior service members; providing training and technical guidance to 22 ENT surgeons and 52 Government staff members; coordinating and conducting clinical training for students attending the ENT course. As an ENT specialist went on a Humanitarian aid mission to San Pedro Sula Honduras in May of 2016 where we performed 44 surgeries in just 9 days.
From 2007- 2009 McElhaney was a medic for SWTG (Special Warfare Training Group) at Yuma Proving grounds Arizona for Military Freefall School (HALO school), JTAC (Joint terminal Attack Control) ATF (Airborne Test Force) and the Army Parachute team the "Golden Knights". He entered the service as a combat medic, was stationed in Friedburg Germany from 2005-2007 and was deployed to Iraq as task force 1-37 with 1st MEF FWD (1st Marine Expeditionary Force Forward) and SEAL team 3 (notable Navy SEAL Sniper Chris Kyle and Mike Monsoor who earned the Medal of Honor) where he earned the Navy Unit Commendation.
MSE Pillar: Education
Johnny Bailey is the Executive Director of The Shine Hard Family, a four-year-old nonprofit located in Washington DC. Shine Hard was created to recognize and connect the nation’s top black millennial leaders and then unify them to educate and inspire the next generation of African American leaders. Our membership base is comprised of talented innovators, artists, and entrepreneurs from companies like ESPN, Google, Nike, Amazon, CNN, CBS, Snapchat, & more. Primarily focused on at-risk youth and young professionals (Ages-14-25), our millennial leaders serve as podcast interviewees, workshop instructors, seminar leaders, cultural curators, & keynote speakers for our community programming. We partner with schools, universities, and other nonprofits aiming to seamlessly bridge the gap between at-risk youth & millennial leaders. Ultimately transforming the lives of young people by helping them identify their passion, gain invaluable mentorship, accelerate career readiness, and fully understand the variety of professional opportunities that are available to them in 2017 & Beyond.
Mr. Bailey began his career in the sports industry working as a client service rep at NFL sports agency Paramount Sports & Entertainment. Years later hired for marketing role at Nike, Johnny contributed to events like NBA All-Star, World Basketball Festival and co-managed a nationwide basketball tour for Nike ID. Johnny walked away from Nike to pursue entrepreneurship. Along with Shine Hard, Johnny is an operating partner of creative agency, Bold Management Group and a business coach for young professionals through his consulting platform, “Serious Students Only.”
Johnny is a native of Petersburg, VA, a former Track & Field standout from Hampton University and earned a Master’s Degree from Virginia State University, respectively.
Brandon Copeland (Trap Yoga)
MSE Pillar: Health and Fitness
Brandon began practicing yoga to relieve mental stress and focus on being more mindful. The journey he has been on, exploring the body's capabilities and opportunities, has brought joy, love, and insight to his personal life and to the lives of others. He is a graduate of Yoga District's 200-hour teacher training and has received hundreds of more hours of instruction on asana, alignment, nutrition, and philosophy from many dynamic yogis including: David Kyle, Marie Belle Perez Riviera, and James Brown.
Brandon became interested in yoga at Howard University where he went on to get a bachelor of science in Psychology with a minor focus on Philosophy. Brandon encourages you to be creative on your mat and create your own practice one pose at a time. He finds ways to challenge the most advanced, as well as the new and unsure, students. His mission is to enlighten people to their own potential and to help cultivate their internal sources of power, creativity and love.
Rodney Williams (Special Olympics District of Columbia Chapter)
MSE Pillar: Youth Basketball
Rodney Williams is sometimes known as “COACH” is known for his extraordinary leadership and is always willing to go the extra mile and lend a hand to someone in need. This was evident in his coordination of Kennedy Institute School student’s participation in the 2004 four-day Special Olympics Summer Games held in May at the Catholic University of America. He made sure that the 52 students athletes were on time and prepared to perform in their respected events. Students participated in athletics (track and field), volleyball, soccer, and tennis, and bocce.
The athletes received numerous medals for their performances. Rodney kept everyone on task, even when schedules were changed. The students deeply appreciated and benefited from his guidance. Rodney continued his commitment to the students’ involvement in the Special Olympics and coordinated the school’s involvement in Camp Shriver in 2004, 2005, and 2006. He worked with the Olympics office in planning and implementing a two-week summer camp for the students at the Potomac Md. home of the late Sargent and Eunice Kennedy Shriver.
He went above and beyond the call of duty ensuring that the school had staff coverage, transportation, lunches, drinks and clean uniforms. He did an excellent job and the kids had an excellent time. He has worked with numerous student athletes on all levels elementary, junior high, high school, and University.