WASHINGTON, D.C. –
Washington Capitals alumnus Rod Langway and Bullets alumnus Ennis Whatley participated in a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service project in partnership with Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation and Playworks of Greater Washington DC at Neval Thomas Elementary School in northeast D.C. on Jan. 21.
They were joined by more than 70 Brigade, Capitals, Go-Go, Mystics, Valor and Wizards fans, Thomas Elementary volunteers and Playworks staff and coaches who took part in tasks that included brightening the hallway walls with blue paint, painting doors and accent walls, painting team logos, creating inspirational posters and organizing the main storage closet. Volunteers also donated uniforms for the school’s students.
As part of the beautification day, a team of volunteers cleaned and restored the Neval Thomas portrait located in the main entranceway. Thomas (1874-1930) was a civil rights activist, high school teacher and president of the Washington, D.C., local NAACP branch from 1925 to 1930.
Lunch was generously donated by Papa John's.
Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation supports the charitable efforts of the professional teams under its umbrella: the Washington Capitals, Mystics, Valor and Wizards, Capitals City Go-Go and Baltimore Brigade. MSE 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 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.