June 22, 2018

Capitals, Wizards and Mystics Shop for the Holidays

The Washington Capitals players’ wives and girlfriends partnered with the wives of Washington Wizards’ coaching staff and Mystics’ players to go holiday shopping for twenty families adopted through the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Family-to-Family program at Target on Tuesday, Nov. 15.

MSE-Shopping Trip: Lindsay MacDonald picking out a matching boy's outfit (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Family-to-Family is an initiative that that provides holiday cheer to underserved and deserving families in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. This will be the third season the Capitals’ wives and girlfriends shop for the holidays, but this is the first time they have joined forces with the Washington Mystics and Wizards to participate in the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Family-to-Family program.

MSE Shopping Trip: Lots of goodies for the kids (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Carmen Brouwer, Kelley Halpern, Monika Hybnerova, Mackenzie Keeley, Megan Knuble, Lindsay MacDonald and Mandy Flemmer along with Patrice Cleary, wife of Wizards strength and conditioning coach, Debbie Saunders, wife of Wizards head coach and Wizards assistant coach, Ryan Saunders will all shop for 60 children and 25 adults.

MSE Shopping Trip: Wizards' Coaches Wives (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Each shopper was responsible for a family and received a packet with a brief background including ages, sizes and a wish list. With a budget per person, the wives, girlfriends and staff each kept track of their purchases on a pad of paper and calculator.

MSE Shopping Trip: Mandy Flemmer sorting out clothes for her family (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

It was harder than it looks, especially for those who do not have kids. A few of ladies sought advice from other shoppers. “Which toy would a seven year old boy like,?” and other similar questions. Some of the Capitals wives looked to Megan Knuble for advice since her and Mike have three kids.

MSE Shopping Trip: Megan Knuble (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Other were concerned about matching patterns and color coordinating as well as making sure to have the right fashion sense for each age.

MSE Shopping Trip: Warm clothes for winter (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

The Capitals, Mystics and Wizards are planning to deliver presents to seven of the families and will host the other thirteen at an event to be determined.

MSE Shopping Trip: Marcus Johansson's girlfriend picking out girl's hat and gloves (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

MSE Shopping Trip: Mystics and Wizards ladies shopping for games and books (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

MSE Shopping Trip (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

MSE Shopping Trip: Buying for three girls (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

MSE Shopping Trip: Ryan Saunders, assistant coach of Wizards (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

MSE Shopping Trip (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

MSE Shopping Trip: Gifts will be wrapped (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

MSE Shopping Trip: Capitals Staff recording video for Caps365 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

MSE Shopping Trip: Target (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Monumental Sports & Entertainment partner JK Moving Services will provide a truck to transport all of the purchases.

MSE Shopping Trip: J&K Moving drivers ready for boxes (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

About Cheryl Nichols

Cheryl Nichols is a Columnist and Photographer for District Sports Page. She is credentialed to cover the Washington Capitals and has reported on the community service and fan events since 2006. Cheryl has been published in The Washington Post and many other local media. She was a credentialed photographer for the 2010 season covering the Washington Nationals. You can follow her on Twitter @cnichols14.


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  2. […] **Click here to see shopping photos. Washington Capitals players Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson, Mike Green, Brooks Laich and Joel Ward, Washington Mystics player Monique Currie and Washington Wizards players Jordan Crawford, Shelvin Mack, Hamady Ndiaye and John Wall delivered Christmas presents to three underserved families in Washington, D.C., as part of Monumental Sports & Entertainment’s (MSE) Family-to-Family program on Monday, Dec. 19. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals) […]

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