Wale to perform at Wizards’ free open practice tonight at George Mason


(Josh Sisk/For The Washington Post)

Rapper Wale is one of the most visible fans of Washington sports teams and he recently attended the Redskins’ home opener with John Wall. Wale stated last year that no matter how hard it has been in recent years, he is “always rooting” for his Wizards.

Now Wale will have another chance to perform for them at George Mason’s Patriot Center tonight, when the Wizards get back to work for their final set of two practice sessions after taking a day off to recover from a rough six days – which included eight practices and a loss in Charlotte. But the final session will include some excitement for fans, as the Wizards are also hosting a free open practice at 6:30 p.m. that will feature Wale, perhaps the only prominent rapper to drop a Flip Saunders reference in one of his songs.

The event will also feature performances from the George Mason band, G-Man and the Secret Service Dunk Team. The first 1,500 fans will receive T-shirts and the first 500 fans will get a free Chick-fil-A sandwich. Dunkin’ Donuts will also provide 1,000 iced coffee cups.

The Wizards are also give fans a chance to win a pair of VIP tickets and participate in a meet-and-greet with the players and six George Mason students will have a chance to partner with a Wizard and Wale during a contest to win free books.

“We believe there is something for everyone,” Greg Bibb, Wizards executive vice president of business operations, said in a statement.

The Wizards will host their only home preseason game against the New York Knicks on Thursday at Verizon Center. Single-game tickets for regular season games are already on sale and the Wizards will pay the convenience fees through Nov. 3, when the team hosts its home opener against Boston.

Michael Lee is the national basketball writer for The Washington Post.

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