Washington Valor linebacker Jimmy Gordon presented a $10,000 check on behalf of
Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) Foundation to National Collegiate Preparatory Public Charter High School graduate Quantez Walker during the Valor game on July 22. This is the first year that the foundation has awarded a scholarship to a football student-athlete through the District of Columbia College Access Program (DC-CAP). Recipients must attend D.C. public or public charter schools to be eligible for the scholarship.
MSE Foundation is the official charity of the NBA’s Washington Wizards, WNBA’s Washington Mystics, NHL’s Washington Capitals and AFL’s Washington Valor and Baltimore Brigade and focuses on five pillars including youth football and education and scholarship.
Candidates were required to write an essay on what inspired them to play football, what lessons they learned from the sport and how those lessons will help them throughout college and as they begin their career in the workforce. Here are some highlights from Quantez’s essay:
Quantez Walker – Football
The goal was bigger than leaving a legacy once National Collegiate Preparatory added varsity football after Quantez Walker’s freshman year. The goal became a challenge to push the team individually and collectively on the field and in the classroom. Walker had lofty dreams – playing in college and maybe one day in the NFL – but none of that would happen without hard work from day one.
“What more could I ask for? I was playing with my brother and childhood friends, doing what we all love to do,” Walker explained in his application. “It [football] gave me purpose in high school other than just to go to school and come home.”
Walker’s journey has not been without its difficulties. Besides keeping up his grades and regular volunteer work through the school, Walker found himself in situations that compared his performance to his older brother. Although they shared the field for a short time before his older brother graduated, Walker felt additional pressure his junior season.
“I had my doubts,” he wrote. “It felt like his time on the team began to overshadow mine. I called my brother and told him about my ‘crossroads.’ His advice to me was that there will always be talking, whether it is good or bad and it should not concern me.”
He then made it his job to turn the negativity into trust, respect and admiration from his coaches and peers. Walker’s triumphs and tribulations taught him a lot about how adapt in life. Nothing will come easy, there are bumps in the road and things might not always go as planned. At the end though, the payoff is spectacular. The payoff for Walker? College.
“I’ve learned perseverance, determination and grit,” Walker explained. “Patience is a must in football and everyday life. Things will come to you if you put in the effort. There will be results.”
Next for Walker is attending Delaware State University where he plans to study computer science.
About Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation
Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation supports the charitable efforts of the professional teams under its umbrella: the Washington Capitals, Mystics, Wizards, Valor and Baltimore Brigade. MSE Foundation is committed to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and focuses on the following five pillars to maximize its impact and engagement with the community: youth basketball, football and hockey; education and scholarship; pediatric health and fitness; military and veterans' affairs; and hunger and homelessness. For more information visit
About District of Columbia College Access Program
D.C. College Access Program is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping all D.C. students prepare for, enroll in and graduate from college as the cornerstone of a successful future. Since 1999, DC-CAP has worked with parents and educational partners, inspiring, counseling and providing fundamental support to help low income D.C. students believe that college is possible, find the path to get there and complete their education. By building long-term relationships and connections, DC-CAP is with students every step of the way, helping them to navigate the complex waters of the college application and financial aid process as well as providing integral support while they are in college. DC-CAP has helped more than 23,000 students enroll in college, supports more than 7,000 currently in college through its retention division, has awarded more than $33 million in scholarships and has celebrated the success of more than 6,500 college graduates who otherwise never would have had the opportunity for higher education. For more information, visit