Just days leading up to their flagship event of the summer, a few standout WWE Superstars joined a pair of Brooklyn Nets to visit patients in the Brooklyn Hospital Center.
The WWE’s Titus O’Neil, Apollo Crews, then Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss and company ambassador Dana Warrior, along with Jarrett Allen and Joe Harris of the Nets made the trip to greet the many young patients just minutes away from Barclays Center, where the WWE would host NXT Takeover: Brooklyn on Saturday, followed by SummerSlam on Sunday and Raw on Monday.
“It’s the best part about what we do,” said Crews, who teams with O’Neil as Titus Worldwide on WWE television. “I just want to go in and hopefully make their day. I know they’re going to make mine.”
The group spent time with the kids, taking selfies, coloring in WWE Championships with crayons and conversing with them in an effort to help the children with whatever struggles they may have been going through.
“At the end of the day it’s a good opportunity for us to come out and support causes bigger than ourselves and be here for the kids in the children’s hospital,” Harris said.
Allen is no stranger to giving back to communities in the area. Despite only being a Net since he was selected in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft, the 20-year-old near seven-footer has already participated in other forms of charity, like bringing 25 children Thanksgiving shopping in Jackson Heights – a story that went viral – and buying haircuts for Brooklyn kids last summer.
The Austin, Texas, native was heavily involved in church as a youth, where – along with his family – they would participate in a food drive for the under-privileged every week.
“There’s nothing better than giving back to the community,” Allen said. “I told the Nets in the beginning that I want to be a part of anything in the community. I’m pretty sure everybody else told them that they want to be involved in the community, but they probably didn’t expect a rookie to say that.”