ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz, wife Kim and children Nolan and Shalan, joined more than 100 Caps fans to participate in a Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation (MSE Foundation) service project to help spruce up Fort Dupont Ice Arena in Southeast Washington, D.C., on June 3.
Saturday marked the eighth-consecutive year that the Capitals and their fans have joined together to help clean up and make improvements at Fort Dupont. Volunteers painted the locker rooms, hallways and bathrooms, waxed the boards, cleaned the glass, put together goals and cleaned and organized hockey equipment inside the arena. Outside volunteers cleaned and mulched tree boxes and flower beds and weeded and swept the parking lot and sidewalks.
In addition, prior to the event, the Caps Fan Club presented Fort Dupont with a $10,000 check. The funds were raised through the group’s fundraising efforts during the 2016-17 season, including the sale of autographed Christmas ornaments.
Fort Dupont Ice Arena is the only full-size indoor ice arena in Washington, D.C., and the Cannons are the oldest minority youth hockey program in North America and the oldest ice hockey program that is a member of the Hockey is for Everyone ™ initiative. The program’s goal is to teach young people discipline, self-esteem and a sense of purpose and to offer an incentive to excel academically.