September 20, 2019

Caps, Mystics and Wizards Shop for Families in DC Area

Washington Capitals wives, girlfriends and staff pose with Walmart employees during Monumental Sports & Entertainment's Family-to-Family initiative. Attendees included (front row l-r) Ashley Beagle, wife of Capitals forward Jay Beagle, Brandi Holtby, wife of Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby, Mandy Alzner, wife of Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner, Courtney Parrie, fiancee of Capitals defenseman Mike Green, Claire Volpatti, wife of Capitals forward Aaron Volpatti, and Gina Nucci, girlfriend of Capitals defenseman John Carlson. (Photo courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals wives, girlfriends and staff pose with Walmart employees during Monumental Sports & Entertainment’s Family-to-Family initiative. Attendees included (front row l-r) Ashley Beagle, wife of Capitals forward Jay Beagle, Brandi Holtby, wife of Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby, Mandy Alzner, wife of Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner, Courtney Parrie, fiancee of Capitals defenseman Mike Green, Claire Volpatti, wife of Capitals forward Aaron Volpatti, and Gina Nucci, girlfriend of Capitals defenseman John Carlson. (Photo courtesy of Washington Capitals)

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MSE FOUNDATION KICKS OFF HOLIDAY SEASON
WITH WALMART SHOPPING EVENT

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation kicked off the holiday season with a shopping spree at Walmart for its annual Family-to-Family initiative on Nov. 21. This holiday season the wives and girlfriends of Washington Capitals, Mystics and Wizards players and coaches will assist in shopping, wrapping and delivering gifts to underserved families in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

Mandy Alzner, wife of Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner, Brandi Holtby, wife of Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby, Monika Hybnerova, girlfriend of Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth, Gina Nucci, girlfriend of Capitals defenseman John Carlson, Courtney Parrie, fiancée of Capitals defenseman Mike Green, and Claire Volpatti, wife of Capitals forward Aaron Volpatti, shopped for 20 families at the Walmart Supercenter located in Tyson’s Corner on Nov 21.

Combined the participants spent nearly $20,000 on gifts for local families. Children will receive clothing, educational items and toys, while parents and guardians will receive clothing and household items along with giftcards.

“It’s a great opportunity,” said Parrie. “It’s so special. It’s a great time of the year with the holidays and being able to give back to the community is a wonderful opportunity.”

The trip marked the third year the Capitals, Mystics and Wizards have joined forces to participate in the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Family-to-Family program.

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation supports the charitable efforts of the professional teams under its umbrella: the Washington Capitals, Mystics and Wizards. MSE Foundation is committed to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and focuses on the following five pillars to maximize its impact on the community: education and scholarship, hunger and homelessness, military and veterans’ affairs, pediatric health and fitness and youth basketball and hockey. In 2013 MSE Foundation, along with the Leonsis Foundation, will donate more than $1.5 million to local charities. More than $1 million has been donated to date.

Redskins share Christmas memories, help kids find coats for the holidays

If you closed your eyes, it almost sounded like a playground.

The hum of kids’ voices dominated a cozy corner at the Macy’s in D.C.’s Metro Center Tuesday morning, where the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and the store were hosting a “Covered for the Holidays” event for underserved kids in the DMV. Students who attended received winter coats, goodie bags and toy balloons, with Redskins players Doug Worthington and Joshua Morgan on hand to help out.

Morgan knows where these kids are coming from.

“I experienced it, ’cause I was in these children’s places. I was some of these kids just searching and hoping [that there would be] somebody to help me out,” Morgan said. “You never know how many lives you can change just by showing up to something like this.”

During a brief interlude as the event transitioned from one student group to the next, Worthington, and later Morgan, shared their favorite Christmas memories with District Sports Page.

Morgan estimates his favorite Christmas memory came somewhere around 11 years old, when he was finally allowed to go outside and play football on Christmas–but there was one hiccup: that year, so much snow had fallen that it came up to his waist.

“We were so excited our parents finally let us go outside and play football on Christmas–[we] couldn’t even make it to the football field,” he remembers. “Couldn’t make it off the porch, honestly. Walked right into all the snow.”

Worthington remembers, when he was six or seven, that his father had nothing under the tree–“It was just kind of heartbreaking, I didn’t know if I did bad in school”–but then, when Worthington woke up, it ended up being the “biggest Christmas ever.”

Worthington said he started waking up earlier to see if he could ever catch his father in the act, which he thinks he did once, but never on the scale of that one Christmas.

“He just always used to make Christmas pretty special,” Worthington says.

The Redskins’ charitable foundation and Macy’s had up to 300 coats, scarves and hats ready to donate Tuesday. It was one of three events the team will hold in their “Season of Sharing,” which centers on giving back to the community during the holiday season.

Worthington joked about steering the kids away from the dark blue or gray colored coats, but in the end put color as secondary importance.

“As long as it fits and they’re warm, that’s all that  matters,” he said.

Doug Worthington and a young DMV student chat at Tuesday’s event. (Photo by Elisabeth Meinecke/District Sports Page)

There’s more than one way to wear a new winter coat! (Photo by Elisabeth Meinecke/District Sports Page)

(Photo by Elisabeth Meinecke/District Sports Page)

Is Joshua Morgan the biggest kid of them all!? (Photo by Elisabeth Meinecke/District Sports Page)

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