September 15, 2019

CAPS/WIZARDS: Washington Capitals and Wizards Players Team Up with KaBOOM to Build New Playground

Volunteers put the final touches on a Monumental Sports themed playground at Eagle Academy Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. The playground’s design is based on drawings created by children who participated in a design day event in July and will provide more than 1,200 children with a place to play. (Photo Courtesy of Monumental Sports)

Volunteers put the final touches on a Monumental Sports themed playground at Eagle Academy Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. The playground’s design is based on drawings created by children who participated in a design day event in July and will provide more than 1,200 children with a place to play. (Photo Courtesy of Monumental Sports)

Washington Capitals and Wizards Players Team Up with KaBOOM! to Build New Playground
at Eagle Academy Public Charter School in Washington, D.C.

ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals forwards Jay Beagle, Aaron Volpatti and Tom Wilson and Washington Wizards guards Bradley Beal and Glen Rice, Jr. joined more than 250 volunteers from Eagle Academy Public Charter School and Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation, organizers from KaBOOM! and residents of the Congress Heights neighborhood on Thursday, Sept. 26, to build a new playground at the Eagle Center at McGogney.

The new playground’s design is based on drawings created by children who participated in a Design Day event in July. Since the school reopened, students have been playing indoors or on a field with no play structure. The new equipment will provide more than 1,200 children in the neighborhood with a safe place to play.

Volunteers including the Capitals and Wizards players completed the build in six hours, including moving 160 cubic yards of mulch, mixing more than 1,500 pounds of concrete and assembling the play structure.

“The new playground offers kids a great place to be active,” said Beagle. “It was nice to see so many people come together for a cause, and we hope the children enjoy playing outside on the equipment.”

“I am glad to see all of the ideas from the kids from Design Day come to life,” said Beal. “The participation of the volunteers and the excitement of the students made it a great day.”

The playground is the first built by KaBOOM! and Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation, but the third built with the assistance of the Washington Capitals. MSE Foundation served as the funding partner for the playground, which cost $83,500.

Washington Capitals forwards Aaron Volpatti, Tom Wilson and Jay Beagle assist with constructing a playground at Eagle Academy Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. The playground is the first built by KaBOOM! and Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation, but the third built with the assistance of the Washington Capitals. (Photo Courtesy of Monumental Sports)

Washington Capitals forwards Aaron Volpatti, Tom Wilson and Jay Beagle assist with constructing a playground at Eagle Academy Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. The playground is the first built by KaBOOM! and Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation, but the third built with the assistance of the Washington Capitals. (Photo Courtesy of Monumental Sports)

Washington Capitals forwards Aaron Volpatti and Tom Wilson assist with constructing a playground at Eagle Academy Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. Monumental Sports and Entertainment Foundation served as the funding partner for the playground, which cost $83,500. (Photo Courtesy of Monumental Sports)

Washington Capitals forwards Aaron Volpatti and Tom Wilson assist with constructing a playground at Eagle Academy Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. Monumental Sports and Entertainment Foundation served as the funding partner for the playground, which cost $83,500. (Photo Courtesy of Monumental Sports)

Washington Wizards players Bradley Beal (L) and Glenn Rice, Jr. help paint a table near the playground at Eagle Academy Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. Earlier this summer, Beal assisted the students with the design of the playground. The build is the first joint effort by KaBOOM! and Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation. (Photo Courtesy of Monumental Sports)

Washington Wizards players Bradley Beal (L) and Glenn Rice, Jr. help paint a table near the playground at Eagle Academy Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. Earlier this summer, Beal assisted the students with the design of the playground. The build is the first joint effort by KaBOOM! and Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation. (Photo Courtesy of Monumental Sports)

CAPS: Washington Capitals Build Playground in One Day (Photos)

“The playground that I played on as a kid my parents built. They helped kind of like this, the community got together and built our little playground.” – Caps Defenseman Mike Green

Caps Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom, Brooks Laich Elliot Segal and Monumental Sports and Entertainment Regional Sales Manager Paul Pitcher – Washington Capitals and So Kids Can partnered with KaBOOM! and ARHA to replace the playground at S.T.A.R.S. Playground at Hopkins-Tancil Court in Old Town Alexandria, September 13, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

So Kids Can founders Mike Green and Elliot Segal from the Elliot in the Morning show and So Kids Can supporters Nicklas Backstrom and Brooks Laich joined more than 200 volunteers from the Washington Capitals and the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority, organizers from KaBOOM! and residents of the local community on Thursday, September 13 to build a new playground at the S.T.A.R.S. Playground at Hopkins-Tancil Court in Old Town Alexandria. The new playground’s design is based on drawings created by children who participated in a Design Day event in August. [Read more…]

Washington Capitals and Elliot Segal Participate in Playground Design Day

Elliot Segal from the Elliot in the Morning show participates in the S.T.A.R.S. Playground at Hopkins-Tancil Court design day at the Charles Houston Recreation Center in Alexandria, Va., on Wednesday, Aug. 15. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals and Elliot Segal Participate in Playground Design Day

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals and mascot Slapshot, So Kids Can co-founder Elliot Segal from the Elliot in the Morning show, the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority (ARHA) and organizers from KaBOOM! hosted a playground design day for children at the Charles Houston Recreation Center in Alexandria, Va., on Wednesday, Aug. 15. The Capitals and So Kids Can are partnering with KaBOOM! and ARHA to build a playground at the Hopkins-Tancil Court development in Old Town in September.

The new S.T.A.R.S. Playground will provide hundreds of children in the Alexandria community with a safe place to play. Currently the existing playground equipment is outdated, not wheel chair accessible and in need of replacement.

During the design session Segal, Slapshot and 40 children from the neighborhood sketched their dream playgrounds. Elements from their drawings will be incorporated into the final design of the new playground to be built by So Kids Can participants Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green, Brooks Laich and Segal along with 200 volunteers on Thursday, Sept. 13. The playground planning committee, which has been meeting since early January, will now have the next four weeks to finalize plans and prepare for the construction of the new playground and related side projects to create a unique family space.

Funds for the playground were raised through So Kids Can during the 2011-12 season. Capitals defenseman Green and Segal created the So Kids Can program in 2008 to benefit youth focused, nonprofit organizations. Last season Capitals forwards Backstrom and Laich also joined the cause.

The playground will be the second built by KaBOOM!, the Washington Capitals and So Kids Can. More than $75,000 was donated to KaBOOM! during the 2010-11 season to help build a Caps-themed playground at Associates for Renewal In Education in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, D.C. That site now serves more than 600 community members.

Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority
The Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority (ARHA) is a public agency that has established itself in Virginia as a leader in the provision, preservation and expansion of high quality affordable housing and the empowerment of low and moderate income families in the city of Alexandria. ARHA owns and manages 883 units of publicly assisted housing. Of this total number 713 are family assisted units with another 170 units for elderly and disabled individuals. ARHA also provides educational and career advancement opportunities to residents through social service programs in an effort to help residents on a path of self-sufficiency. Of the over 7,000 residents served, roughly 1/7th are children ages 4 to 17. Operating under the slogan of “Building Community Partnerships” ARHA takes great pride in working with a diverse group of partners to deliver value added programs and services to residents. For more information, visit www.ARHA.us.

KaBOOM!
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to saving play. Children today spend less time playing outdoors than any previous generation, a fact that is having disastrous consequences on their health, achievement levels, and overall well-being. To fight this play deficit, social entrepreneur Darell Hammond founded non-profit KaBOOM! in 1996 in Washington, D.C. with a vision of creating a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. Since then, KaBOOM! has mapped over 89,000 places to play, built more than 2,100 playgrounds, and successfully advocated for play policies in hundreds of cities across the country. KaBOOM! also provides communities with online tools to self-organize and take action to support play on both a local and national level. Hammond chronicles the founding of the organization and the importance of the cause of play in his The New York Times Best Seller KaBOOM!: How One Man Built a Movement to Save Play. The book details how businesses and communities can work together to save play for children across the country. All author proceeds support KaBOOM!. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! also has offices in Chicago and San Mateo, Calif. For more information, visit www.kaboom.org.

Washington Capitals mascot Slapshot interacts with children during the S.T.A.R.S. Playground at Hopkins-Tancil Court design day at the Charles Houston Recreation Center in Alexandria, Va., on Wednesday, Aug. 15. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

The Capitals and So Kids Can are partnering with KaBOOM! and ARHA to replace the playground at S.T.A.R.S. Playground at Hopkins-Tancil Court in Old Town in September. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

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