As part of the continuing efforts of the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation’s Family-to-Family program, Washington Valor players and staff shopped Thursday afternoon for school supplies and clothes to be distributed to two preselected families in a surprise giveaway at the team’s July 22 “Christmas in July” game against the Baltimore Brigade.
Valor players Tracy Belton, Everett Dawkins and Jimmy Gordon were on hand at the Walmart Supercenter in downtown Washington, D.C. to gather items for the giveaway.
“The importance of giving back to the community is huge – especially for me,” Belton said. “I am from the D.C. area and I remember being on the other side of moments like this. I had a great appreciation for the people that went out of their way to improve the lives of others and it’s an honor to be able to do that for someone else.”
FOR MEDIA USE: Video of the event can be found
Family-to-Family, started 20 years ago by the Washington Wizards, allows all of our Monumental teams to “adopt” families in need during the holidays who are nominated by local schools and nonprofit organizations. During the 2016 holiday season 20 families were adopted by MSE Foundation and an additional 14 families were adopted by individual players, coaches and staff members. MSE Foundation is the official charity of the Washington Valor.
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The Washington Valor are owned and operated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE), which 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. The company also owns and operates the AFL’s Baltimore Brigade, NBA’s Washington Wizards, NHL’s Washington Capitals, WNBA’s Washington Mystics and Verizon Center, the premier sports and entertainment venue in Washington, D.C. MSE also oversees the management of Kettler Capitals Iceplex– the training facility for the Washington Capitals and EagleBank Arena at George Mason University. Monumental Sports Network, a digital platform that covers the region’s sports and entertainment news, is also owned by MSE. Visit
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