December 16, 2019

CAPS: MSEF Donates More Than $34,000 to Homeward Trails Animal Rescue

Carmen Brouwer, Courtney Parrie and Mandy Alzner present a $34,044.99 check to Homeward Trails representative Sue Bell at the Washington Capitals game on April 1. The funds were donated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation and were raised through the sale of the 2014 Caps Canine Calendars. (Photo Courtesy of MSEF)


Carmen Brouwer, Courtney Parrie and Mandy Alzner present a $34,044.99 check to Homeward Trails representative Sue Bell at the Washington Capitals game on April 1. The funds were donated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation and were raised through the sale of the 2014 Caps Canine Calendars. (Photo Courtesy of MSEF)

More Than $34,000 to Homeward Trails Animal Rescue
Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation Donates

ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals better halves Mandy Alzner, Carmen Brouwer and Courtney Parrie, fiancée of Mike Green, presented a $34,044.99 check to Homeward Trails Animal Rescue on April 1 during the Capitals game versus the Dallas Stars.

The funds were donated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation (MSEF) and were raised through the sale of the 2014 Caps Canine Calendars. The money will help provide medical and behavioral care, as well as permanent homes, for hundreds of dogs and cats rescued by Homeward Trails Animal Rescue.

The calendar features photos of Capitals players Karl Alzner, Jay Beagle, Troy Brouwer, John Carlson, John Erskine, Mike Green, Jack Hillen, Aaron Volpatti and Joel Ward with their dogs and Nicklas Backstrom, Mikhail Grabovski, Braden Holtby, Marcus Johansson, Steve Oleksy, Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson with dogs from Homeward Trails Animal Rescue.

The 2014 Caps Canine Calendar was sold at Capitals home games, at the team store at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and online at WashingtonCaps.com.

For video of the calendar photo shoot visit MonumentalNetwork.com.

Homeward Trails Animal Rescue

Homeward Trails Animal Rescue is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides pet adoption in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland. Homeward Trails seeks to find permanent adoptive homes in the Mid-Atlantic region for dogs and cats from high-kill shelters or whose owners can no longer care for them. They seek to reduce the rate of euthanasia of adoptable animals through the rescue and placement of homeless animals; to support proactive spay/neuter practices; to promote positive and ongoing behavioral training; and to educate the public about how to care for their animals in a humane way. Homeward Trails not only facilitates adoptions from local shelters, but also supports a large network of foster care providers who take homeless dogs and cats into their homes, care for them, rehabilitate them when needed, and prepare them for their permanent adoptive homes. For more information on Homeward Trails, visit http://www.homewardtrails.org/.

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)

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Launches Ticket Rewards Program

Monumental LogoMonumental Sports & Entertainment Launches Ticket Rewards Program
Unique opportunities now available to Wizards, Capitals and Mystics season-ticket members
Wizards and Mystics become first NBA and WNBA teams to launch
eFan™ platform by E Group

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Monumental Sports & Entertainment is launching Monumental Rewards, a season-ticket member rewards program provided by E Group Inc. that will offer unique benefits and experiences for Wizards, Capitals and Mystics season-ticket members. The Wizards and the Mystics will become the first NBA and WNBA teams to launch the rewards platform, marking the fifth and sixth professional sports league (NBA, WNBA, NHL, MLB, MLS, NASCAR) clients for E Group. Monumental Rewards is also the first multi-team, venue-based ticket rewards program.

Based on a points system, the program allows members to earn points for buying and renewing season tickets, attending games and member events, achieving tenure as a season-ticket member and more. The points are then redeemed for select exclusive benefits on the eFan™ platform, including behind-the-scenes experiences, auction items, autographed memorabilia and special promotional offers. Season-ticket members can also share points with their ticket partners.

“We wanted to find a unique way to thank our loyal fan bases,” said Jim Van Stone, Monumental Sports & Entertainment’s senior vice president of ticket sales and service. “Providing a rewards program creates additional touch points for great customer service and provides our dedicated season-ticket members with opportunities to access great experiences and take advantage of the benefits that are most meaningful to them.”

Monumental Rewards will offer season-ticket members access to several behind-the-scenes experiences, including access courtside or center ice from the penalty box to watch the Wizards, Mystics or Capitals warm-up. Access to exclusive auction items, including a VIP trip to an away game and access to a season-ticket member’s favorite player or team as well as autographed team memorabilia and select promotional offers from partners and sponsors, are just a few examples of the rewards available through the program.

“Monumental Rewards is the first multi-team, venue-based program to leverage the eFan platform,” said Lars Ranger, E Group account director. “We believe Monumental’s vision around a community-based fan loyalty strategy will be an industry game-changer.”

About E Group Inc.
E Group is a Minneapolis-based marketing agency, which specializes in engagement strategies, loyalty programs and sports marketing. E Group collaborates with clients to help them create successful, industry-leading programs for consumers, employees and/or channel partners. The eFan™ loyalty marketing platform allows sports teams to extend and deepen fan relationships, particularly with season ticket members. Currently ten professional sports teams are using the eFan technologies to engage their fans. Visit www.egroupnet.com.

About Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE)
Monumental Sports & Entertainment is one of the largest integrated sports and entertainment companies in the country with one of the most diverse partnership groups in all of sports. MSE owns and operates three professional sports teams: the NBA’s Washington Wizards, NHL’s Washington Capitals and WNBA’s Washington Mystics. The group also owns and operates Verizon Center, the premier sports and entertainment venue in Washington, D.C. MSE also oversees the management of Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the state-of-the-art training facility for the Capitals, and George Mason University’s Patriot Center.

CAPS: Win an Ovechkin jersey and glass seats

(Photo from washcaps.com)

(Photo from washcaps.com)

Win an autographed game-worn Alex Ovechkin jersey and four glass seats to the Caps game against the Flyers on Friday, Feb. 1

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation has partnered with netRaffle.org to give Caps fans the chance to win an autographed game-worn Alex Ovechkin jersey and four glass seats to the Capitals game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Verizon Center on Friday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m.

The winner will be presented with the game-worn Ovechkin jersey at the game on Feb. 1 and will get to cheer on the Caps from the front row with three guests. The four attendees will be photographed on the ice prior to the start of the game and will be provided with complimentary food and beverage during the game. The size 58 Washington Capitals home jersey features the captain’s “C” on the left chest and was worn during the 2010-11 NHL season by Alex Ovechkin. Ovechkin autographed the no. 8 on the back of the jersey.

Raffle tickets are two dollars each and a minimum of five tickets must be purchased. Proceeds benefit Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation. Don’t wait, get your tickets now as the deadline to purchase is 3 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. The winner will be contacted that night and tickets will be left at will call the day of the game.

To purchase raffle tickets, click here.

Created in 2013, Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation supports the charitable efforts of all the professional teams under its umbrella: the Washington Capitals, Mystics and Wizards. The 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.

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.
Great news that the NHL lockout is over and fans can Rock the Red and fill Verizon Center again soon.

Thank you Ted for reaching out to the Caps fans, for being supportive of new media, for linking to our photos 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 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/WIZARDS: Holiday Shopping for Family-to-Family Program

Red Rockers – members of the Washington Capitals spirit squad – assist with loading a 35–foot JK Moving Services truck during the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Family-to-Family program shopping trip on Nov. 14. (Photo Courtesy of Monumental Sports Entertainment)

Monika Hybnerova (right) shops for a family adopted through the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Family-to-Family program during the program’s shopping trip on Nov. 14. (Photo Courtesy of Monumental Sports Entertainment)

 

Wizards and Capitals Team Up with JK Moving Services to Shop for 18 families for the Holidays

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals partnered with JK Moving Services to go holiday shopping for 18 families adopted through the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Family-to-Family program at the Skyline Target on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Family-to-Family is an initiative that provides holiday cheer to underserved, deserving families in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

Wives and girlfriends of Wizards and Capitals players and coaches shopped for 82 adults and children. Participants included Bree Anderson, fiancée of Wizards forward Trevor Ariza, Patrice Cleary, wife of Wizards strength and conditioning coach Drew Cleary, April Dixon, girlfriend of Wizards forward Trevor Booker, Lauren Hilario, wife of Wizards center Nene, Eva Kodouskova, fiancée of Wizards forward Jan Vesely, Ilana Nunn Okafor, wife of Wizards center Emeka Okafor, Joni Sichting, wife of Wizards assistant coach Jerry Sichting, Courtney Webster, wife of forward Martell Webster and Kathy Wittman, wife of Wizards head coach Randy Wittman along with Monika Hybnerova, girlfriend of Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth and Karin Johansson, wife of Capitals assistant coach Calle Johansson.

“We each got a family and their wish list and were able to get them everything on their list,” said Karin Johansson. “There are a lot of families out there in need, and it was a lot of fun to help out.”

Children will receive clothing, educational items and toys, while the parents and guardians will receive clothing and household items along with gift cards.

“Especially during the holidays, if you think of all the kids and the families that are less fortunate than a lot of us, it’s nice to be able to give something back to them,” said Courtney Webster.

By the end of the day, one 35-foot JK Moving Services straight truck was filled with gifts. JK Moving Services is the official mover of both the Wizards and the Capitals and participated in the Family-to-Family program for the second-consecutive year by donating a truck and crew to load, transport and deliver the collected items.

“JK Moving Services is committed to supporting the needs of our community through outreach efforts like the Family-to-Family program,” said Charles Kuhn, CEO and President, JK Moving Services. “It is an honor to partner with the Wizards and Capitals to make the holidays a little brighter for these families.”

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

New Digital Ticket System for Capitals, Wizards, Mystics and Hoyas

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Introduces Digital Ticket System
Digital card program offers season-ticket holders increased account management benefits

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Monumental Sports & Entertainment announced today the introduction of a digital ticket system available to Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, Washington Mystics and Georgetown Hoyas season-ticket holders.

The Season Ticket Digital Card program replaces traditional paper tickets with a preloaded card containing corresponding seat locations. The card serves as admission to all games within a customer’s full-season or partial-plan ticket package for Capitals games and full-season ticket package for Wizards, Mystics and Georgetown men’s basketball games.

Season-ticket holders will receive one card per account that includes several account management benefits. With the introduction of the card, all Capitals, Wizards and Mystics account management functions previously associated with fees are now free. Season-ticket holders will now be able to print tickets at home and forward tickets without paying a single fee. Capitals and Wizards ticket holders also may use the system to list tickets for sale through Ticketmaster TicketExchange. If a customer opts to have a paper ticket for a particular game, the system allows the customer to print tickets from any computer.

“We are always looking to bring the most up-to-date technological advances to our season-ticket holders as well as improve and enhance the game-day experience,” said Jim Van Stone, Monumental Sports & Entertainment senior vice president of ticket sales and services.

“This quick, secure and easy-to-use digital ticket system will give our guests the ultimate convenience and flexibility in using their seats,” added Dave Touhey, Verizon Center senior vice president and general manager.

The card is valid for all seat locations on an account and is swiped using a hand-held computer by an attendant upon entrance to Verizon Center. Patrons then receive a seat locator tab for each valid ticket stored on the card, which is used as the ticket for the game once inside of the arena.

“Georgetown athletics is pleased to work with Monumental Sports and Ticketmaster to provide digital ticketing solutions and enhanced technology to fans in an efficient, secure and easy manner,” said Dan O’Neil, Georgetown University associate athletics director for external affairs. “We place a high priority on customer service and are excited to offer digital-ticketing solutions to our loyal Hoya fan base.”

In an effort to make the transition to digital tickets as easy as possible, several resources are available to customers. Season-ticket holders will receive a brochure with a detailed explanation of the system’s benefits, answers to frequently asked questions and step-by-step instructions on how to use online functionalities. In addition, more information and a series of video tutorials are currently available on the Capitals and Wizards websites.

Fans holding single-game tickets, group tickets and suite tickets will continue to receive paper tickets.

Wes Johnson explains the new benefit in this video:

PHOTOS: Washington Capitals and Wizards Night at Nationals Park

Tuesday night, August 21, was a special Capitals and Wizards Night at Nationals Park as the Washington Nationals faced conference rival, the Atlanta Braves. Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards season-ticket holders had exclusive access to tickets for the game and a pregame meet and greet opportunity with Capitals alum Rod Langway and Bullets alum Phil Chenier!

It was Washington Capitals and Wizards Season Ticket Holder Night at Nats Park. Former Caps Rod Langway and Former Bullets Phil Chenier on the field for pre-game festivities – Atlanta Braves v. Washington Nationals, 8/21/2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Washington Capitals “Enforcer” and NHL Hall of Famer Rod Langway signed autographs and posed for photographs with fans, as well as deliver the lineup card before the game.

It was Washington Capitals and Wizards Season Ticket Holder Night at Nats Park. Former Caps Rod Langway delivered lineup card before game – Atlanta Braves v. Washington Nationals, 8/21/2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

It was Washington Capitals and Wizards Season Ticket Holder Night at Nats Park. Former Caps Rod Langway delivered lineup card before game – Atlanta Braves v. Washington Nationals, 8/21/2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Langway, known as the “Secretary of Defense”, was a two-time winner of the Norris Trophy which is given to the NHL’s top defensemen. He also finished second to Wayne Gretzky in 1982 for the Hart Trophy which is given to the MVP of the NHL. He won a Stanley Cup with Montreal in 1979. Langway was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2002.

NHL Hall of Famer Rod Langway was at the Washington Capitals and Wizards Season Ticket Holder Night at Nats Park. – Atlanta Braves v. Washington Nationals, 8/21/2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Former Washington Bullets star Phil Chenier signed autographs and posed for photographs with fans, as well as say, “Let’s Play Ball” before the game.

It was Washington Capitals and Wizards Season Ticket Holder Night at Nats Park. Former Bullets Phil Chenier said, “Let’s Play Ball!” – Atlanta Braves v. Washington Nationals, 8/21/2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

It was Washington Capitals and Wizards Season Ticket Holder Night at Nats Park. Former Bullets Phil Chenier said, “Let’s Play Ball!” – Atlanta Braves v. Washington Nationals, 8/21/2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Phil Chenier was selected fourth in the 1971 NBA Hardship Draft  by the then Baltimore Bullets and played for the Bullets from 1971-79. Chenier was a member of the 1972 NBA All-Rookie Team and was named to three NBA All-Star teams. Chenier suffered a back injury during 1977 season and retired in 1981 after briefly playing for the Indiana Pacers and Golden State Warriors.

Chenier is currently working for CSN Washington covering the Washington Wizards with Steve Buckhantz.

Former Washington Bullets player Phil Chenier smiling at fans before game – Atlanta Braves v. Washington Nationals, 8/21/2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

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/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.

I have posted several stories about Ted Leonsis over the last couple of years.  He has won awards, wrote a successful book, started new companies and the Winter Classic will be coming to DC soon thanks to Ted.

I personally admire the man and have repeatedly said that Ted is the best owner in sports and will continue to say so until someone proves me wrong.

Thank you Ted for reaching out to the Caps fans, for being supportive of new media and welcoming District Sports Page on launch day.  You are the best owners in sports. Period.  Happy Birthday! Let’s Go Caps!


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)

CAPS/WIZARDS/MYSTICS: Delivering Holiday Cheer

**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)

CAPS, MYSTICS and WIZARDS PARTICIPATED IN FAMILY-to-FAMILY INITIATIVE
Monumental Sports & Entertainment Teams Collaborated to Spread Holiday Cheer

WASHINGTON, D.C.-On Dec. 19 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.

This is the first year that all three MSE sports teams collaborated on the Family-to-Family program, which the Wizards created 15 years ago. The program allows the Caps, Mystics and Wizards to “adopt” families in need who are nominated by local schools and nonprofit organizations. This holiday season more than 20 families were adopted by the teams’ charities, individual players and staff members.

“This is a great way to kick off our season,” said Wall. “This is the first year I’ve participated in this program, and it really got everyone in the holiday spirit. It felt great to see all the smiles today and I look forward to doing it again.”

Backstrom, Carlson, Green, Laich, Ward, Currie, Crawford, Mack, Ndiaye and Wall, along with Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld, team mascots G-Wiz and Slapshot, Red Rockers, Wizard Girls, MSE staff members and local media boarded a bus at Verizon Center loaded with gifts for the families. The players spent the afternoon delivering presents to the Felder-Leslie family in Woodbridge, the White family in Trinidad and the Thompson family in Rosedale – all neighborhoods in northeast Washington.

“I’ve done this in the past on my own,” said Green. “It was great to be able to share this experience with my teammates and players from the Wizards and Mystics. All of the families were so excited to see us and it was fun to spread some holiday cheer.”

Currie added that “being able to lend a hand and brighten the lives of the families really helped remind me the meaning of the holiday season.”

The teams will continue to spread holiday cheer with the remaining families at the Family-to-Family Holiday Party on Wednesday, Dec. 21, from 6-8 p.m. on the Wizards practice court at Verizon Center. Mystics Monique Currie, Wizards players Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee, Jan Vesely, Kevin Seraphin, Chris Singleton and Ronny Turiaf will join Caps players Karl Alzner and fiancée Mandy Flemmer, Jeff and Kelley Halpern, Roman Hamrlik and his girlfriend Cynthia Lavoie, Michal Neuvirth and his girlfriend Monika Hybnerova, Dennis Wideman and fiancée Lindsay MacDonald as they interact with more than 100 children from the metropolitan area. The families will enjoy food, games, gifts and a visit from Santa.

The 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.

Washington Capitals player Brooks Laich and Washington Wizards player John Wall deliver 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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