October 21, 2014

CAPS: Eric Fehr Writes Children’s Book The Bulliest Dozer

Capitals Forward Eric Fehr Writes Children’s Book The Bulliest Dozer

The Bulliest Dozer, co-authored by Washington Capitals forward Eric Fehr and Pamela Duncan Edwards, will be available for $10 beginning Thursday, Oct. 9, at Capitals home games, at WashingtonCaps.com and at the Washington Capitals Team Store at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and at the Team Store at Verizon Center. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

The Bulliest Dozer, co-authored by Washington Capitals forward Eric Fehr and Pamela Duncan Edwards, will be available for $10 beginning Thursday, Oct. 9, at Capitals home games, at WashingtonCaps.com and at the Washington Capitals Team Store at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and at the Team Store at Verizon Center. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Bulliest Dozer, a children’s book co-authored by Washington Capitals forward Eric Fehr and Pamela Duncan Edwards, will be available for purchase beginning Thursday, Oct. 9, in the United States. Fehr and Edwards wrote the book to raise funds for bullying prevention and to encourage positive behavior, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting charity.

The book tells the story of Bo Dozer and his peers at Ms. Crane’s Academy for Little Machines. Embarrassed by being unable to skate in preparation for a holiday concert on ice, Bo decides to become ‘A Mean Machine.’ Bo bullies other students until a concert day crisis helps him understand the importance of friendship.

“In The Bulliest Dozer, Bo learns the valuable lesson that acceptance and teamwork can lead to success,” said Fehr. “My hope is that this book will provide an opening for parents to discuss how important it is for children to accept one another and to treat their peers with respect. All forms of bullying including verbal abuse, cyberbullying and physical abuse are unacceptable, and whether the aggressor or the victim, I hope children read Bo’s story and realize there are steps they can take to reduce bullying.”

The Bulliest Dozer will be sold for $10 online at WashingtonCaps.com, at the Washington Capitals Team Store at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and at the Team Store at Verizon Center during Capitals home games beginning Thursday, Oct. 9, when the Capitals host the Montreal Canadiens during Opening Night presented by GEICO. In addition there will be a limited number of autographed books available for purchase for $20 at WashingtonCaps.com, at the Team Store at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and at the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation table located behind section 104 on the main concourse at Verizon Center during Caps home games.

The book, illustrated by Kate Komarnicki, also will be available in Canada beginning Oct. 9 throughout Giant Tiger stores in Winnipeg, at Jonny’s Java in Winkler, Manitoba, and during the Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings home games.

Funds from U.S. sales will benefit Playworks DC. Playworks is a national nonprofit that transforms recess to improve school climate. In 18 elementary schools throughout Washington, D.C., principals have partnered with Playworks to improve recess, work with teachers in the classroom, mentor young leaders and develop sports teams. By showing students new games that level the playing field for every kid, and teaching them social skills such as empathy, fair play and inclusiveness, Playworks helps to create a welcoming environment where every child gets to play, regardless of ability, and bullying behavior is much less likely to be considered. Studies have shown that this multi-disciplinary Playworks model reduces bullying and exclusionary behavior during recess by 43%.

Proceeds from Canada sales will benefit the Canadian Red Cross’s Violence, Bullying and Abuse Prevention program. The Canadian Red Cross is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, with a mission to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.

To watch reaction from Capitals players as they received their first look at The Bulliest Dozer, visit MonumentalNetwork.com. For Fehr’s media availability on the book click here.

The launch of the book coincides with National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, a time when communities nationwide are encouraged to unite and take a stand for bullying prevention efforts through events, activities, outreach and education. Fehr designed a custom T-shirt as part of CustomInk’s “Be Good to Each Other” bullying prevention campaign, with proceeds benefiting CustomInk’s nonprofit partner – PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. Fehr’s “Don’t be a Mean Machine!” T-shirt was inspired by a line from The Bulliest Dozer and will be available for purchase at www.booster.com/ericfehr.

In addition Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation is partnering with the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights’ Citywide Bullying Prevention Program which aims to reduce incidents of bullying across the District by emphasizing prevention and proper procedures for responding when incidents occur. The program works with government agencies, District schools and youth-serving government grantees to ensure bullying prevention policies are adopted and implemented in ways consistent with best practices, as demonstrated in the District-wide Model Bullying Prevention Policy released in January 2013. The groundbreaking District-wide approach – moving beyond discipline and focusing on prevention – makes it one of the most unique and far-reaching government bullying prevention programs in the nation. More information is available at ohr.dc.gov/bullyingprevention. Playworks, the beneficiary of funds from The Bulliest Dozer’s U.S. sales, is a member of the program’s Youth Bullying Prevention Task Force.

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation supports the charitable efforts of the professional teams under its umbrella: the Washington Capitals, Mystics and Wizards. MSE 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 and hockey, education and scholarship, pediatric health and fitness, military and veterans’ affairs and hunger and homelessness.

CAPS: Alex Ovechkin Surprises 10-Year Old Girl with a Date

Ovechkin Surprises 10-year-old Washington Ice Dogs Player, Asks Her on a “Date”

Washington Capitals captain high fives 10-year old Ann as forward Nicklas Backstrom signs her jersey. As part of her date with Ovechkin Ann met numerous Capitals players in the locker room, including defenseman Mike Green (center). (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals captain high fives 10-year old Ann as forward Nicklas Backstrom signs her jersey. As part of her date with Ovechkin Ann met numerous Capitals players in the locker room, including defenseman Mike Green (center). (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin poses with his “date,” 10-year-old Ann, following the Capitals game versus the Carolina Hurricanes on Oct. 5. Ann asked Ovechkin on a date during a skate he hosted at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Sept. 11 and Ovechkin surprised her by granting her request during the Capitals’ final preseason game. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin poses with his “date,” 10-year-old Ann, following the Capitals game versus the Carolina Hurricanes on Oct. 5. Ann asked Ovechkin on a date during a skate he hosted at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Sept. 11 and Ovechkin surprised her by granting her request during the Capitals’ final preseason game. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and 10-year-old Ann high-five during a sushi date at Verizon Center on Oct. 5. Ovechkin and Ann met on Sept. 11, during an American Special Hockey Association (ASHA) skate with 60 children and adolescents hosted by Ovechkin. During the session, Ann skated to Ovechkin and invited him on a sushi date. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and 10-year-old Ann high-five during a sushi date at Verizon Center on Oct. 5. Ovechkin and Ann met on Sept. 11, during an American Special Hockey Association (ASHA) skate with 60 children and adolescents hosted by Ovechkin. During the session, Ann skated to Ovechkin and invited him on a sushi date. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin surprised 10-year-old Ann and asked her on a date during the Capitals’ game versus the Carolina Hurricanes on Oct. 5. Ovechkin and Ann, a native of Laurel, Md., met on Sept. 11, during an American Special Hockey Association (ASHA) skate with 60 children and adolescents hosted by Ovechkin at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the official training facility of the Capitals. During the session, Ann, who has the genetic disorder Downs Syndrome, skated to Ovechkin and invited him on a sushi date. Ovechkin granted her request during the Capitals final preseason game at Verizon Center.

The day began with Ann and her parents arriving at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, where they were given a tour of the Capitals locker room. During the tour of the facility and with Ann sitting in Ovechkin’s stall, the Capitals captain entered the locker room, surprising Ann with his appearance. He presented a personalized jersey and flowers to Ann to accept her date invitation and drove Ann to Verizon Center.

At Verizon Center Ann watched warmups from the Capitals bench sat in the Ovi’s Crazy 8’s seating section along with her family to watch the Capitals game. Following the game, after meeting numerous Capitals players and head coach Barry Trotz in the locker room, she and Ovechkin continued their date with a post-game meal of sushi in the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Owners Club.

“I was pretty surprised when Ann skated over and asked me out during our skate,” said Ovechkin. “I thought it was a good idea and decided to take her up on it. It was great to see a smile on her face. She is a terrific and funny kid. She seemed to have a lot of fun and I was very pleased to spend some time with her.”

The Sept. 11 ASHA event during which Ovechkin met Ann marked the first of many community initiatives he will continue to support throughout the 2014-15 season. Ovechkin created Ovi’s Crazy 8s in 2006, a program through which he purchases and donates eight Capitals season tickets to Most Valuable Kids, allowing fans who normally wouldn’t have access to tickets the opportunity to attend games. Ovechkin also supports the Make-A-Wish Foundation®, having most recently granted the wish of Washington, D.C., native Ellie Carney.

For a video recap of the date click here.

For a photo gallery of the date click here.

NATS: Happy Birthday, Jordan Zimmermann

HAPPY 28th BIRTHDAY JORDAN ZIMMERMANN!

Washington Nationals RHP Jordan Zimmermann was born on 05/23/1986 in Auburndale, Wisconsin.

Happy 28th Birthday #27!

Jordan Zimmermann gets 11th win - Los Angeles Dodgers v. Washington Nationals, Game One of Doubleheader on September 19, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Jordan Zimmermann gets 11th win – Los Angeles Dodgers v. Washington Nationals, Game One of Doubleheader on September 19, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Jordan Zimmermann on the mound at Nationals Park, May 1, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

 

NATS: Happy Birthday, Jayson Werth

HAPPY 35th BIRTHDAY JAYSON WERTH!

Washington Nationals Outfielder was born on 05/20/1979 in Springfield, Illinois.

Jayson Werth - Miami Marlins v. Washington Nationals, 4/8/2014 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Jayson Werth – Miami Marlins v. Washington Nationals, 4/8/2014 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Doug Fister watching from the dugout as Jayson Werth hits a double  - Miami Marlins v. Washington Nationals, 4/8/2014 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Doug Fister watching from the dugout as Jayson Werth hits a double – Miami Marlins v. Washington Nationals, 4/8/2014 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

 

Jayson Werth - Atlanta Braves v. Washington Nationals, 4/14/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Jayson Werth – Atlanta Braves v. Washington Nationals, 4/14/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Jayson Werth not happy after his strike out - Chicago White Sox v. Washington Nationals, 4/9/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Jayson Werth not happy after his strike out – Chicago White Sox v. Washington Nationals, 4/9/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Jayson Werth got a win on his birthday! Werth in dugout congratulating Jesus Flores on his solo home run, May 20, 2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

NATS: Ryan Zimmerman to Host 5th Annual ziMS “A Night at the Park”

ZIMS

Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman will once again host “A Night at the Park,” presented by MASN Sports at Nationals Park on Monday, June 16. The fifth annual fundraising event for the ziMS Foundation will feature performances by country music stars Billy Currington and Jerrod Niemann. The evening includes an expanded concert experience, powered by Live Nation, along with silent and live auction featuring one-of-a-kind items and experiences.

If you haven’t done so already, please take a moment and visit http://www.nationals.com/zims for more information and to purchase tickets. Tickets start at just $35 for lower bowl reserved seats.

See photos from the 3rd Annual “A Night at the Park.”

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Creates Version of Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” Video

The District of Columbia has basketball fever and everyone is happy that the Wiz Kids are back in DC tonight to host the Pacers for game six of the NBA playoffs. Check out the fun video that MSE released. Warning: This tune is catchy and will stick in your head all day (that is not necessarily a bad thing!).

The video features Monumental Sports & Entertainment majority owner and chairman Ted Leonsis, MSE partners, District of Columbia mayor Vincent C. Gray, District of Columbia councilwoman and mayoral incumbent Muriel Bowser, District of Columbia councilman Jack Evans, Bullets alumni Gheorghe Muresan and Bob Dandridge, Wizards Radio Network broadcaster Dave Johnson and analyst Glenn Consor, Fox News’ Brett Baier, Comcast SportsNet’s Chris Miller, Ron Thompson, Gary Williams and Michael Jenkins, and WUSA 9’s Derek McGinty, Jan Jeffcoat, Topper Shutt and Dave Owens. The video also features members of the D.C. Fire Department and Emergency Services, the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, the United States Army Band, G-Wiz, the Wizard Girls, Wizards fans and MSE staff.

Washington Capitals Tyson Strachan to Host Strachan Strays Fundraiser at Nationals Park on June 1

Nationals Park (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Nationals Park (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals, in conjunction with the Washington Nationals, today announced that defenseman Tyson Strachan will host a Strachan Strays fundraiser at Nationals Park on Sunday, June 1, prior to the Nationals game against the Texas Rangers, which is slated to begin at 1:35 p.m.

Strachan Strays is a charitable organization created to raise awareness about the issues of pet homelessness and to raise finances to support local no-kill animal shelters. Funds raised by Strachan Strays will benefit Homeward Trails Animal Rescue, which adopts dogs and cats from high-kill shelters to homes in the Washington, D.C., region.

Tickets are available at Nationals.com/StrachanStrays and include a donation to Strachan Strays and Homeward Trails, as well as a pregame meet and greet with Strachan.

“Every year millions of companion animals are left on the streets or euthanized in kill shelters,” said Strachan. “Our goal through education and fundraising is to end pet homelessness and overpopulation. We strive to find every animal their perfect home, and to promote responsible pet ownership.”

Strachan Strays is passionate about promoting pet adoption from a network of responsible no-kill shelters throughout the United States. The organization’s goal is to raise awareness and educate individuals on how they can make a difference in the fight to end pet homelessness. For more information visit StrachanStrays.com.

WHO: Capitals defenseman Tyson Strachan

WHAT: Hosting a Strachan Strays fundraiser at Nationals Park on June 1

WHEN: Sunday, June 1

WHERE: Washington Nationals
Nationals Park
1500 South Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

MSE Foundation Receives The Salvation Army’s Community Partner Award

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation received The Salvation Army’s Community Partner Award on May 13 at United in Service. United in Service was a Salvation Army award ceremony in recognition of volunteers and community partners for their compassionate work on behalf of The Salvation Army, which assists people in need throughout the Washington, D.C., region. (Photo Courtesy of MSE)

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation received The Salvation Army’s Community Partner Award on May 13 at United in Service. United in Service was a Salvation Army award ceremony in recognition of volunteers and community partners for their compassionate work on behalf of The Salvation Army, which assists people in need throughout the Washington, D.C., region. (Photo Courtesy of MSE)

ARLINGTON, Va. – Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation received The Salvation Army’s Community Partner Award on Tuesday, May 13, at United in Service.

United in Service was a Salvation Army award ceremony in recognition of volunteers and community partners for their compassionate work on behalf of The Salvation Army, which assists people in need throughout the Washington, D.C., region.

The Washington Capitals, Mystics and Wizards provided The Salvation Army with volunteer and financial support throughout their 2013-14 seasons. In March 2013 Capitals players delivered meals to the homeless through The Salvation Army’s Grate Patrol program, while Monumental Sports & Entertainment staff members volunteered in The Salvation Army’s Back-to-School Shopping event at Target in Hyattsville, Md., in July. In conjunction with the Capitals and Wizards toy drives, MSE Foundation donated $10,000 to The Salvation Army National Area Command in December. The Salvation Army served as the beneficiary of both the Capitals and Wizards toy drives and was a beneficiary of the Foundation’s Family-to-Family program, through which MSE teams adopt families for the holidays. The teams also hosted bell ringers as part of The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign at home games in December.

In 2013 MSE Foundation, along with the Leonsis Foundation, donated more than $1.5 million to local charities. MSE Foundation partners in 2014 include the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, Flashes of Hope, KaBOOM!, Playworks DC, the Potomac Valley Amateur Hockey Association and The Salvation Army.

MSE Foundation supports the charitable efforts of the professional teams under its umbrella: the Washington Capitals, Mystics and Wizards. MSE 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 and hockey, education and scholarship, pediatric health and fitness, military and veterans’ affairs and hunger and homelessness.

United in Service was held in conjunction of the 100th anniversary of World War I and The Salvation Army’s United War Service Program. The event was held to celebrate volunteers, to promote positive change and to discuss how to better serve veterans in the community. David Finkel, Pulitzer Prize award recipient and Washington Post journalist served as the event’s keynote speaker.

The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command assisted more than 85,000 individuals last year from families living across the Greater Washington region by providing help and hope through a diverse range of social services. The organization offers emergency eviction and utility cut-off prevention assistance; grocery, clothing and furniture vouchers; meals for the hungry and homeless; support for the disabled, elderly and ill; drug and alcohol rehabilitation; disaster relief; transitional housing for single mothers with children; and character building opportunities for youth.

Ian Desmond and the fight against Neurofibromatosis

“There is hardly anybody that I’ve ever come across on the street that would be able to tell me what NF is, and that is something that I would like to change.” Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond.

Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond has joined the fight against Neurofibromatosis. All this week, the Natosphere has been bringing you the story of how Ian Desmond became involved in the cause. Those stories are well worth repeating.

Neurofibromatosis occurs in 1 in 3,000 births and is a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grown on the nerves.

From the fundraising website’s information section:

NF encompasses a set of distinct genetic disorders that can cause tumors to grow along various types of nerves.  NF can also affect the development of non-nervous tissues such as bones and skin. NF has been classified into three distinct types: NF1, NF2 and schwannomatosis.

NF affects more than two million people worldwide, making the disease more prevalent than cystic fibrosis, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and Huntington’s Disease combined. The disease is worldwide in distribution, affects sexes equally, and has no particular racial, geographic, or ethnic distribution.

Though most cases of NF1 are mild to moderate, NF1 can in some cases lead to disfigurement; blindness; skeletal abnormalities; dermal, brain, and spinal tumors; loss of limbs; and malignancies. NF1 also has a connection to developmental problems, especially learning disabilities. NF2 is distinguished by tumors that grow on the eighth cranial nerve in both ears, commonly causing deafness, severe balance problems, and sometimes tumors elsewhere in the nervous system. Schwannomatosis can cause the development of multiple schwannomas on cranial, spinal, and peripheral nerves, resulting in problems with chronic pain.

Desmond became involved in the fight against NF through a relationship with Ethan Brown, a fan he met through a prayer request on Twitter. Desmond and Ethan forged an unlikely friendship, prompting Desmond to join the campaign to raise awareness about the disorder.

Since May is Neurofibromatosis Awareness Month, Desmond — along with Allan Peterson of the Nationals Archive blog – introduced an Indiegogo campaign to raise awareness about Neurofibromatosis and generate donations to benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation.

You can find the link to the Indiegogo fundraising site here.

The campaign that Desmond created has already reached its initial goal of $10,000…and counting. There are all sorts of perks and packages fans can get by donating certain dollar amounts to the campaign.

Desmond explained that he knew little about the disorder when he became involved. “I personally had never heard of NF, or NF2, or anything [before meeting Ethan]. It’s probably been a year of knowing Ethan and talking to his parents and stuff like that to really get the facts about NF. And the goal for me is awareness.”

“NF to me, and I’m sure to a lot of people, is something that they’ve never heard of. My goal is to just get this out. I want to spread the word about this thing and hopefully it can rally some people behind us. If we reach one person that can make a difference in these people who are suffering from this disease, that would be more than enough for me.

And obviously, raising some money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. The Children’s Tumor Foundation is the first organization to reach out to Ethan when he was in his time of need early on when he found out he was diagnosed with this, so I asked him, ‘so is there a foundation that you feel is close to your heart that I can help?’, and he told me CTF is the first one to reach out to him. So, you know, that speaks volumes.”

Desmond was quick — and insistent — to point out that he and Ethan have formed a solid bond through this.

“This is not something I’m doing out of sympathy or anything like that. I truly enjoy our conversations and I really consider Ethan a close friend at this time. This is not a charity thing that I’m doing. Unfortunately, the way we were brought together was through this [disorder], but I’ve created a real friend out of this.”

Again, if you’d like to find out more about Neurofibromatosis, Desmond’s involvement, and make a donation, you can find the link to the Indiegogo fundraising site here.

NATS: Happy Birthday, Danny Espinosa

HAPPY 27th BIRTHDAY DANNY ESPINOSA!

Washington Nationals switch-hitting second baseman was born on 04/25/1987 in Santa Ana, California.

Its great to see Danny off to a great start this season.

Happy birthday, #8.

1B Coach Tony Tarasco congratulates Danny Espinosa after a hit - Miami Marlins v. Washington Nationals, 4/8/2014

1B Coach Tony Tarasco congratulates Danny Espinosa after a hit – Miami Marlins v. Washington Nationals, 4/8/2014 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Danny Espinosa during his MLB Network interview - Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 1, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Danny Espinosa during his MLB Network interview after Nats clinched – Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 1, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Danny Espinosa turning a double play (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Danny Espinosa turning a double play (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Washington Nationals 2B Danny Espinosa scores on Bryce Harper's triple in 3rd inning, May 20, 2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Washington Nationals 2B Danny Espinosa scores on Bryce Harper’s triple in 3rd inning, May 20, 2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

 

 

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