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Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation, the Washington Mystics and Valor and the Baltimore Brigade adopt five families from Bright Beginnings for their second annual Family-to-Family Christmas in July

July 23, 2018
Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation, the Washington Mystics and Valor and the Baltimore Brigade adopted five families from Bright Beginnings for their second annual Family-to-Family Christmas in July. Mystics players Ariel Atkins, Natasha Cloud, Myisha Hines-Allen and LaToya Sanders, Valor players Jimmy Gordon and Reggie Gray and Brigade players Shane Boyd and Justin McCray shopped at the Tyson’s Corner Walmart for school supplies, school uniforms, books and educational toys for Washington, D.C., families on July 12. MSE Foundation purchased all the items, including gift cards and a tablet for each family.


One week later Brigade players Shane Boyd, Rodney Fritz, Dexter Jackson, Justin Lawrence, Jordan McCray, Kyron Samuels and Brandon Thompkins, along with Valor mascot Blitz, hosted the adopted families at a Christmas in July-themed party at Capital One Arena. Each child was able to select a toy of their choosing as they entered the party. These toys were collected at the Mystics toy drive on July 13 in partnership with the Air Force Reserve, with the remainder of the toys benefiting Bright Beginnings. The families were treated to lunch courtesy of Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company, played games and mingled with the Brigade players and Blitz and had family caricatures drawn of them. At the end of the party, each family took home their presents.


Bright Beginnings, Inc. is a nonprofit that operates child and family development centers for homeless children whose families are in crisis shelters or transitional housing in Washington, D.C. The center offers free, full-day, year-round and developmentally-appropriate childcare and early childhood education for children aged six weeks to five years old. The program is designed to provide homeless infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with a safe, nurturing environment; prepare them to enter kindergarten ready to learn; and support their parents as they stabilize their lives and strive toward self-sufficiency by providing mental health, social-emotional and workforce development services to families.