ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals players Nicklas Backstrom, Braden Holtby and Tom Wilson along with Elliot Segal of the Elliot in the Morning Show recently presented a $40,511.52 check to Ronald McDonald House Charities
® of Greater Washington, DC.
The funds were raised during the 2017-18 season through So Kids Can and will benefit the organization’s Kids Mobile Medical Clinic/Ronald McDonald Care Mobile
operated in association with Medstar Georgetown University Hospital. Each player and Segal donated $50 per Capitals win during the regular season and $100 per Capitals win during the playoffs. Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation also hosted two auctions benefiting So Kids Can during the season.
Following the check presentation, the players and Segal received a tour of the KMMC/RMCM. In 2017, the KMMC/RMCM provided 1,268 patient visits to underserved kids in D.C. Wards 4-8. This “doctor’s office on wheels” provides improved access to quality health care where children need it most – in their community. All children under the age of 21 are eligible for care, regardless of their medical insurance status. Free health care services include: primary care, newborn exams, well child visits, immunizations and ophthalmic exams, as well as social service and mental health consultations. The KMMC/RMCM is unique in its holistic approach to providing health care, delivering not only comprehensive primary care but preventive care through education and advocacy.
So Kids Can was created in 2008 by former Capitals defenseman Mike Green and Elliot Segal to benefit youth-focused, nonprofit organizations. Backstrom and former Caps forward Brooks Laich joined the cause in 2011, former Caps defenseman Karl Alzner and Holtby joined in 2015 and Wilson joined in 2017. To date, So Kids Can has donated nearly $400,000 to charity.
About Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington, DC (RMHCDC)
Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington, DC, a nonprofit, 501 (C) (3), eases the hardship of children’s illness on families through programs that directly improve the health and wellbeing of children. Through its three core programs: two Ronald McDonald Houses®, two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms®, and two Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles®; RMHCDC keeps families with sick children together and close to the medical care their child needs at leading local hospitals. RMHCDC programs not only provide access to quality health care, they enable family-centered care ensuring families are fully supported and actively involved in their children’s care. For more information, visit rmhcdc.org.