October 21, 2020

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.

MSE Foundation and Telos Corporation donate more than $30,000 to TAPS

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MSE FOUNDATION & TELOS CORPORATION DONATE MORE THAN $30,000 TO TAPS

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation and Telos Corporation joined forces this past November for the inaugural Washington Wizards Courage Program. Hats with the word “Courage” written in the Wizards’ wordmark were sold with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).

Courage hats autographed by various Wizards players including Bradley Beal, Marcin Gortat, Otto Porter, John Wall and Martell Webster were sold at the Verizon Center Team Store resulting in proceeds of $31,571.77. During the Wizards game against the Brooklyn Nets on March 15, Ted Leonsis, majority owner, chairman and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment was joined by John Wood, Telos CEO and Chairman to present the funds to Bonnie Carroll, founder and president of TAPS.

Photo 1: Ted Leonsis, founder, chairman, majority owner and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, John Wood, Telos CEO Chairman and Bonnie Carroll, founder and president of TAPS during the Wizards game on March 15.

About TAPS
TAPS is a nonprofit organization that provides ongoing emotional help, hope and healing to all who are grieving the death of a loved one in military service to America, regardless of their relationship to the deceased, geography or circumstance of the death. TAPS offers comfort and care through comprehensive services and programs, including peer-based emotional support, case work assistance, regional seminars and retreats for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, and grief and trauma resources. Founded out of tragedy in 1994, TAPS has assisted more than 44,000 grieving military families and their caregivers.

About Telos Corporation
Telos Corporation has provided innovative IT solutions and services to the federal government for more than 30 years, focusing since 1997 on cybersecurity. Telos solutions ensure that the government’s most security-conscious organizations comply with demanding federal and DoD information security mandates. Offerings include Xacta® IA Manager for enterprise IT security management, enterprise security consulting services, secure networks, secure enterprise messaging, and secure identity management solutions. Solutions are represented to the federal government on Telos’ GSA schedule. For more information, visit www.telos.com.

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation
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 on the community: education and scholarship, hunger and homelessness, military and veterans’ affairs, pediatric health and fitness and youth basketball and hockey. In 2013 Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation, along with the Leonsis Foundation, will donate more than $1.5 million to local charities. More than $1,000,000 has been donated to date.

TAPS (Photo Courtesy of MSE Foundation)

CAPS: Washington Capitals Launch Courage Caps

ARLINGTON, VA - JANUARY 20:  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson models the 2013-14 Courage Cap and T-shirt. Courage Caps are team-issued branded hats and T-shirts will go on sale Feb. 4 when the Capitals face off against the New York Islanders. This season the Courage Caps program is sponsored by Telos Corporation with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Washington Capitals)

MSE Foundation and Washington Capitals Launch Courage Caps, Presented by Telos Corporation, to Support TAPS

ARLINGTON, Va. – Courage Caps, Washington Capitals team-issued branded hats and T-shirts, will go on sale beginning Tuesday, Feb. 4, MSE Foundation and the Washington Capitals announced today. This season Courage Caps are sponsored by Telos Corporation, and 100% of the proceeds will benefit Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).

TAPS is a nonprofit organization that provides comfort and care for anyone who is grieving the death of someone who died while serving in the military. Funds raised will provide peer-based emotional support, regional seminars for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, case work assistance, grief and trauma resources and a 24/7 resource and information helpline for bereaved military families.

Courage Caps and T-shirts, presented by Telos Corporation, will be sold for $20 online at WashingtonCaps.com, at the Washington Capitals Team Store at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and at the Team Store and at stands throughout Verizon Center during Capitals home games. There will also be a limited number of autographed Courage Caps and T-shirts available for sale at WashingtonCaps.com and at the MSE Foundation table located behind section 104 on the main concourse at Verizon Center.

Since the program launched during the 2007-08 season, the Courage Caps campaign has set a new record each year, donating a total of nearly $350,000 to charity through the sale of 12,000 Courage Caps in six years and more than 5,000 T-shirts in four years.

For $50 fans can purchase a Courage Cap or T-shirt signed by Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson, Mike Green, Braden Holtby, Alex Ovechkin or Tom Wilson; for $40 fans can purchase a Courage Cap or T-shirt signed by any other individual Capitals player. Fans will be able to order hats or T-shirts signed by any rostered player online.

A select number of autographed hats and T-shirts will be on sale at the MSE Foundation table at section 104 on the main concourse at Verizon Center. When the Capitals host the New York Islanders on Feb. 4, fans may purchase hats and T-shirts signed by Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson, Mike Green, Braden Holtby, Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson for $50 each and hats signed by Karl Alzner, Troy Brouwer, Jason Chimera, Mikhail Grabovski, Philipp Grubauer, Marcus Johansson, Brooks Laich and Joel Ward for $40 each.

To launch the 2013-14 campaign, Washington Capitals American-born players John Carlson, Connor Carrick and Jack Hillen will host more than 120 children and adults assisted by TAPS for a skating party at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Monday, Feb. 3.

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation
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.

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors

TAPS is the national organization providing compassionate care for the families of America’s fallen military heroes. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, seminars for adults, good grief camps for children, case work assistance and a 24/7 resource helpline for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces, regardless of the location of the death or the circumstances of the death. Services are provided free of charge. For more information about TAPS, visit www.taps.org or call the toll-free help line at 1.800.959.TAPS (8277).

Telos Corporation

Telos Corporation has provided innovative IT solutions and services to the federal government for more than 30 years, focusing since 1997 on cybersecurity. Telos solutions ensure that the government’s most security-conscious organizations comply with demanding federal and DoD information security mandates. Offerings include Xacta® IA Manager for enterprise IT security management, enterprise security consulting services, secure networks, secure enterprise messaging, and secure identity management solutions. Solutions are represented to the federal government on Telos’ GSA schedule. For more information, visit www.telos.com.

Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner and forward Nicklas Backstrom model the 2013-14 Capitals Courage Cap and T-shirt sponsored by Telos Corporation. A limited number of autographed Courage Caps and T-shirts will be available for purchase online at WashingtonCaps.com and at the MSE Foundation table at Verizon Center starting Feb. 4. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner and forward Nicklas Backstrom model the 2013-14 Capitals Courage Cap and T-shirt sponsored by Telos Corporation. A limited number of autographed Courage Caps and T-shirts will be available for purchase online at WashingtonCaps.com and at the MSE Foundation table at Verizon Center starting Feb. 4. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Washington Capitals)

Monumental Sports and Entertainment Foundation Participate in MLK Day of Service

Washington Capitals Hall-of-Famer Rod Langway, West Education Campus principal Andria Caruthers, Washington Bullets alumnus Bob Dandridge and Washington, D.C., mayor Vincent C. Gray at the MSE Foundation MLK Day of Service project. (Photo Courtesy of Monumental Network)

Washington Capitals Hall-of-Famer Rod Langway, West Education Campus principal Andria Caruthers, Washington Bullets alumnus Bob Dandridge and Washington, D.C., mayor Vincent C. Gray at the MSE Foundation MLK Day of Service project. (Photo Courtesy of Monumental Network)

Volunteers working on a mural created by Susan Schwerin at West Education Campus during the MSE Foundation MLK Day of Service project.  (Photo Courtesy of Monumental Network)

Volunteers working on a mural created by Susan Schwerin at West Education Campus during the MSE Foundation MLK Day of Service project.
(Photo Courtesy of Monumental Network)

Capitals Hall-of-Famer Rod Langway working with volunteers during the MSE Foundation MLK Day of Service project. (Photo Courtesy of Monumental Network)

Capitals Hall-of-Famer Rod Langway working with volunteers during the MSE Foundation MLK Day of Service project. (Photo Courtesy of Monumental Network)

Washington Bullets alumnus Bob Dandridge and volunteers during the MSE Foundation MLK Day of Service project. (Photo Courtesy of Monumental Network)

Washington Bullets alumnus Bob Dandridge and volunteers during the MSE Foundation MLK Day of Service project. (Photo Courtesy of Monumental Network)

 

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation and Playworks Washington, D.C., Participate in MLK Day of Service Project at West Education Campus
Bullets alumnus Dandridge, Capitals alumnus Langway and Washington, D.C., mayor Gray attend

Washington, D.C. – Washington Bullets alumnus Bob Dandridge, Capitals Hall-of-Famer Rod Langway and Washington, D.C., mayor Vincent C. Gray participated in a MLK Day of Service project hosted by Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation and Playworks Washington, D.C., at West Education Campus in northwest D.C. on Monday, Jan. 20.

“Monumental is such a well-known and well-respected organization in the city,” said Gray. “Having the Washington Capitals, Wizards and Mystics as a part of their operation, it means so much and it demands so much respect in this city. And what I think it does is it encourages other people to step up and volunteer also.”

They were joined by 50 Capitals, Mystics and Wizards fans who took part in tasks that included painting murals, organizing the library and assembling and painting benches. The murals were generously created and donated by Susan Schwerin, who has created murals for MSE Foundation at multiple schools throughout the District of Columbia.

“It’s a good feeling when you spend time doing something that benefits the kids,” said Langway. “It makes you feel that you’re part of the community and it’s a great opportunity to meet some of the fans and people that give their time.”

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.

To watch a video recap of the service project visit MonumentalNetwork.com.

Playworks is a national nonprofit organization that transforms schools by providing play and physical activity at recess and throughout the school day. Its mission is to improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play. Playworks currently partners with 14 public and public charter schools in Washington, D.C., serving 5,000 students each day.

CAPS/WIZARDS/MYSTICS: Happy Birthday, Ted Leonsis

HAPPY BIRTHDAY
TED LEONSIS!

(Majority Owner of Monumental Sports & Entertainment that owns and operates the
Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards and Washington Mystics)

Theodore J. Leonsis was born on January 8, 1957 in Brooklyn, New York.
We sound like a broken record, but its still all true……
Thank you Ted for reaching out to the Caps fans, for being supportive of new media, for linking to our photos and articles often and welcoming District Sports Page on launch day.  You are the best owner in sports. Happy Birthday! Let’s Go Caps!
Caps owner Ted Leonsis with Wayne Gretzky ("The Great One") at the Canadians v. Caps game, 11/22/2013 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Caps owner Ted Leonsis with Wayne Gretzky (“The Great One”) at the Canadians v. Caps game, 11/22/2013 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Caps owner Ted Leonsis thanked the fans during second overtime, May 2, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Caps owner Ted Leonsis thanked the fans during second overtime, May 2, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)


Ted is usually in his Verizon Center box for every Caps game and
often looks down to the players like a proud papa.

Ted’s book proved to draw interest from Caps fans of all ages.

Ted even “represents” at the games sometimes.
(2010 Photo by 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 for Nats News Network and Caps News Network since 2006. Cheryl is an accomplished action photographer and 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.

CAPS: Fifth Season of Caps Red Line

CRL_Geico logoFifth Season of Caps Red Line to Debut on Feb. 25 on Monumental Network
Emmy-award winning program to be broadcast on NHL Network-US beginning March 3

ARLINGTON, Va. – Caps Red Line (CRL) presented by GEICO will debut its fifth season on Monumental Network (monumentalnetwork.com) on Monday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m.

CRL is a fast-paced, behind-the-scenes look at the Washington Capitals. A new episode will air every Monday on Monumental Network at 2 p.m. through April 22. Each episode will also be replayed on NHL Network-US beginning March 3 at 6 p.m.

Returning for another season with CRL is Elliot Segal from DC101’s Elliot in the Morning, Professor Lou Bloomfield, Ph.D., and host Guerin Austin.

The season premiere features fan favorite “Cruisin’ presented by Pepsi Next®” with Mike Ribeiro, Forces of Hockey presented by Inova Blood Donor Services hosted by Prof. Lou Bloomfield, Ph.D. and “Professor” Troy Brouwer and Elliot’s Take with Elliot Segal from Elliot in the Morning.

CRL won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Program Achievement for Sports – Programming Series, by the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS-NCCB) in 2010 and 2011.

Previous seasons of the show are available on the Caps Red Line webpage on WashingtonCaps.com and the Red Line Channel on Caps365.

The Monday, Feb. 25 episode features:

Cruisin’ presented by Pepsi Next®
Take a ride with first-year Capital Mike Ribeiro in his Bentley. Ribeiro discusses moving his family to Northern Virginia following his trade from the Dallas Stars this summer, and teaming up with captain Alex Ovechkin as an incentive to convince his children to move to Washington, D.C. Ribeiro also chats about his involvement with the local community as he visits the Rita Bright Family and Youth Center in Washington, D.C., for a Capitals Hockey School program.

X’s and O’s presented by SUBWAY® Restaurants
Assistant coaches Tim Hunter and Calle Johannson break down the saucer pass and show how it’s a part of the offensive rush.

GEICO All Access
Go behind the scenes with the Capitals players and general manager George McPhee during their visit to the Canadian Embassy for the Inauguration of President Barack Obama. The group discusses the Canadian ‘delicacies’ and what an honor it was to watch a once-in-a-lifetime historical event.

Forces of Hockey presented by Inova Blood Donor Services
Hosted by Professor Lou Bloomfield, Ph.D. and “Professor” Troy Brouwer
Professor Lou and Professor Brouwer discuss the importance of one-timers and the science behind the quick reacting and highly effective method of shooting the puck.

Elliot’s Take On…
Hosted by Elliot of DC 101’s Elliot in the Morning
Elliot Segal, host of Elliot in the Morning, gives viewers a behind the scenes look at the Capitals Fan Appreciation Event and open practice at Verizon Center. Segal helped out a fan with his original Rod Langway stick, enjoyed the free concessions and took to the ice to ask the Caps players the hardest hitting questions, including one that led to a now infamous dance by Troy Brouwer.

Original show listings dates and times on MonumentalNetwork.com:
Monday, Feb. 25 2 p.m.
Monday, March 4 2 p.m.
Monday, March 11 2 p.m.
Monday, March 18 2 p.m.
Monday, March 25 2 p.m.
Monday, April 1 2 p.m.
Monday, April 8 2 p.m.
Monday, April 15 2 p.m.
Monday, April 22 2 p.m.

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