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Player Programs

Being a professional athlete comes with a great deal of responsibility both on and off of the ice, court and field. Our players strive to be role models in the community and, through their work in many different community-driven programs, players get the opportunity to help causes nearest to their own hearts. 

Ovi’s Crazy 8s

In eight seasons, Ovi’s Crazy 8s has provided more than 3,100 children, soldiers and their families with the opportunity to see a Capitals home game free of charge. Through his decision in 2006 to create this community initiative, Alex Ovechkin generously provides underserved children, recuperating injured soldiers and active military and their families the chance to attend a Capitals home game at Capital One Arena. Ovechkin purchases eight Capitals season tickets and donates them to Most Valuable Kids (MVK). MVK then distributes these tickets to either injured soldiers or active military and their families; or to boys and girls, 18 and under, through numerous nonprofit organizations that focus on children in low-income and underserved households. 

Ovi’s Crazy 8s sit in the lower level of Capital One Arena and are recognized at home games. In addition, each person in the section receives a foam No. 8.

So Kids Can

So Kids Can
During the 2018-19 season Capitals forwards Nicklas Backstrom and Tom Wilson and goaltender Braden Holtby, along with Elliot Segal from the Elliot in the Morning show, will raise money for Heart of America through So Kids Can. Each player and Segal will donate $50 per Capitals win during the regular season and $100 per Capitals win during the playoffs.

The Heart of America Foundation®, a national nonprofit headquartered in the Washington, D.C., metro area, transforms spaces into modern learning environments so that students and communities can learn and grow. Through its educational space transformation program, the Heart of America revitalizes technology labs, school libraries, gyms and other educational spaces in under-resourced communities into vital and vibrant centers of learning. Since 1997, Heart of America has provided children in need with more than four million library and take-home books and vital technology and has transformed more than 400 educational spaces nationwide. The organization has engaged volunteers in more than one million hours of service to communities across the country. For more information, please visit

So Kids Can was created in 2008 by former Capitals defenseman Mike Green and Elliot Segal to benefit youth-focused, nonprofit organizations. Backstrom and former Caps forward Brooks Laich joined the cause in 2011, former Caps defenseman Karl Alzner and Holtby joined in 2015 and Wilson joined in 2017. To date, So Kids Can has donated nearly $400,000 to charity. Most recently, the 2017-18 So Kids Campaign raised $41,604.00 for Kids Mobile Medical Clinic/Ronald McDonald House Charities. 

Past beneficiaries of So Kids Can include Martha’s Table, Horton’s Kids, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, KaBOOM!, Dr. Bear’s Toy Closet at Children’s National and Pediatric Prosthetics.   

If you would like to make a donation, please send a check made payable to Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation earmarked for So Kids Can to:   

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation/So Kids Can   
627 N. Glebe Road   
Suite 850   
Arlington, VA 22203   

To donate online simply click the “Donate” button below and note that you would like your money to go to So Kids Can. Once you click the button you will be taken to our PayPal Donations page.  

Garth Brooks Teammates For Kids Foundation

Teammates For Kids
During the 2017-18 season Washington Capitals players Nicklas Backstrom, Jay Beagle, Andre Burakovsky, John Carlson, Philipp Grubauer, Braden Holtby, Brooks Orpik, T.J. Oshie and Tom Wilson, along with coach Barry Trotz, all pledged to participate in Top Shelf Teammates, the hockey division of the Teammates for Kids Foundation.   

Top Shelf Teammates contributes financial resources to nonprofit organizations that benefit children's health, education and inner-city services. Players contribute a predetermined sum based on selected on-ice performance categories such as goals or team wins. Every dollar contributed by players is tripled through an affiliation with other donors. Because outside sources secured by the Foundation cover all operating expenses, 100% of donated money is distributed to children's charities.   

Through Teammates for Kids, the Washington Capitals have donated $209,400 to the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Program since 2004.  

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John Wall Family Foundation

For the fifth-consecutive year, the John Wall Family Foundation hosted its Back to School Field Day in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 4, 2018. In the last four years, the JWFF has donated more than 2,500 backpacks to students in the Washington, D.C., area. The foundation held the event “Inside The Gates” on the Goodman’s League basketball court in Ward 8 in southeast D.C. Wall distributed a total of 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies, including pencils, notebooks, folders and T-shirts courtesy of the John Wall Family Foundation and adidas. The backpacks were given to kindergarten through 12th-grade students.

To celebrate the 2017 holiday season, Wall partnered with Sony Pictures and Allied Integrated Marketing to host 200 kids for a private screening of the movie JUMANJI: Welcome to the Jungle. The movie event, courtesy of the John Wall Family Foundation, took place Dec. 14 at the U.S. Navy Memorial Burke Theater. The audience of 200 middle and high school students received a gift bag that included a gift card courtesy of the JWFF, a special edition D.C. knit hat by New Era and a pair of tickets to a Washington Wizards game.

The John Wall Family Foundation strives to improve the quality of life for underserved families and to impact the lives of young minority males through mentorship, education and physical activity.

Family Over Everything Foundation 

On August 4, Markieff Morris and the Family Over Everything Foundation hosted the third-annual backpack giveaway at Ridge Road Community Center in Washington, D.C. Morris distributed 200 backpacks donated by Herschel Supply Co., while families enjoyed free snacks and 10 lucky students went home with new bicycles. 

Family Over Everything Foundation, Inc. is the family foundation established by professional basketball players Marcus Morris, Markieff Morris and Thomas Robinson; along with Thomasine Morris. The Family has engaged in a variety of philanthropic activity over the years, and Family Over Everything was established as a private foundation in 2017 to formalize and streamline existing charitable efforts. Family Over Everything Foundation provides assistance to members of underserved communities, specifically, members of single parent households, children and youth in underserved areas, members of the Philadelphia, Penn., Washington, D.C., Boston, Mass., and other communities.

Otto Porter Thanksgiving Brunch

To celebrate the season of giving, Otto Porter provided a Thanksgiving brunch on Nov. 23, 2017, to families affiliated with local nonprofit service agencies throughout the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. The Thanksgiving meals were distributed at the F Street lobby of Capital One Arena and included food items courtesy of Giant and SuperEd Foods. Porter joined Wizards staff and volunteers to personally hand out food items and spend time meeting and taking photos with the participating families.

Elena Delle Donne Foundation

In August 2018 Elena Delle Donne hosted her second-annual golf tournament at Fieldstone Golf Club in Wilmington, Del., that raised nearly $100,000 for the Elena Delle Donne Foundation. The mission of the Elena Delle Donne Charitable Foundation is to raise funds for and awareness of Lyme Disease research and special needs programs. The foundation believes that individuals have the right to be treated with compassion, respect, and dignity, and seeks to improve treatment options as well as health outcomes.