Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation teamed up with Playworks, Washington, D.C., to host its annual “Hockey Extravaganza” at Lasalle-Backus Education Campus in northeast D.C. on Nov. 21. Nearly 70 students from Playworks partner schools participated in Learn To Play hockey drills taught by the Capitals’ street team and games led by Playworks coaches. Capitals players Aaron Ness and Chandler Stephenson played games with the students and helped teach hockey and teamwork skills during the drills.
Students were taught basic hockey skills at a variety of stations including stick-handling, passing and shooting and played the game “Sharks and Minnows,” where players try to steal away pucks until one minnow is left. Additionally, each student received a Capitals-branded T-shirt and a Capitals poster.
Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation supports the charitable efforts of the professional teams under its umbrella: the Washington Capitals, Mystics, Valor and Wizards and the Baltimore Brigade. MSE Foundation 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, football and hockey; education and scholarship; pediatric health and fitness; military and veterans' affairs; and hunger and homelessness.
Playworks, Washington, D.C., is a 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 18 public and public charter schools in Washington, D.C., serving 7,100 students each day.