WASHINGTON, D.C. - Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz’s wife Kim and family and Michal Kempny's better half Nicola and family, joined more than 75 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.
Sunday marked the ninth-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, cleaned the glass, put together goals, washed and taped speed mats and cleaned and organized hockey and skating equipment inside the arena. A few volunteers braved the inclement weather to weed the flower beds outside the main entrance.
In addition, prior to the event the Caps Fan Club presented Fort Dupont with a $5,000 check. The funds were raised through the group's fundraising efforts during the 2017-18 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.