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Towering Santa Wembanyama gives holiday cheers in San Antonio

The rookie dressed up on Thursday to spread the joy around town. 

NBA: San Antonio Spurs at New Orleans Pelicans Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

With less than two weeks until Christmas, the San Antonio Spurs and Victor Wembanyama embraced the spirit of giving by dressing up as Santa Claus, with Julian Champagnie as his elf. Partnering with the Elf Louis Christmas Project, this annual tradition reflects the team’s commitment to spreading joy and providing gifts to underprivileged children in San Antonio.

Wemby’s enthusiastic participation as Santa surely added a unique touch, especially with his towering 7’4” frame. The Spurs’ proactive approach in arranging a custom costume for the rookie emphasized their dedication to making the event memorable for everyone involved.

Despite recent struggles, their unwavering commitment to the community remains a testament to their values. Witnessing these basketball stars engaging with local communities not only uplifts spirits but also sets an inspiring example for the younger generation.

In an era often clouded by sports results, these heartwarming moments where athletes use their platform to spread joy reinforce the true essence of the holiday season. The impact of these actions extends far beyond the basketball court, leaving a lasting impression on the community and fostering a sense of togetherness during this festive period.


Victor is gradually making a case for the Defensive Player of the Year award, solidifying his position as a top-five defender in the NBA after 22 games.

His impact exceeds the stats sheet, exemplified by his Wednesday night performance, where he embodied his nickname “the eraser,” contesting every possible shot.

Anthony Davis’s reaction speaks volumes, but Wemby makes plays like these on the basketball court nightly.

In a recent post-game conference, Wemby’s thoughtful gesture stood out—he went out of his way to allow a French journalist a chance to ask a question. It showcases the rookie’s regard for those covering his San Antonio journey, surprising the journalist pleasantly and creating a gratifying moment.