Eighty-five fourth- and fifth-grade students from Payne Elementary participated in the event, with drills led by Bowey and Connolly and the Capitals community hockey staff. Students were taught basic hockey skills while learning how to be physically active and build positive relationships.
As a part of bullying awareness month in October, the event highlighted that #ItsCoolToBeKind. Along with Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation, Playworks has partnered with Google’s Be Internet Awesome team ] to support good sportsmanship and an end to online bullying as a part of Playworks national Real Players Don’t Bully (RPDB) campaign. The RPDB was created and launched to show kids that inclusion is cooler than bullying. Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik appeared in a PSA for the RPDB campaign, CLICK HERE to watch.
The event was supported by Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation, the charitable arm of the Washington Capitals.
Playworks of Greater Washington DC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play throughout the school day. Playworks transforms schools by helping schools, and districts make the most of recess through on-site staffing, consultative support, professional development, free resources and more. Playworks currently partners with eight public and public charter schools serving 4,000 students and trains another 150 educators per month in the Washington metropolitan area.