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Playworks of Greater Washington DC and MSE Foundation Host Football Extravaganza with Washington Valor

June 6, 2019
Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation teamed up with Playworks of Greater Washington DC, to host its third annual “Flag Football Extravaganza” at Providence Park in southeast D.C. on May 22. Nearly 125 students from Playworks partner school Brent Elementary School and St. Peter School participated in learn to play flag football drills and icebreaker games led by Playworks coaches. Washington Valor players Jared Dangerfield, Deveric Gallington, Jadar Johnson and Leon Mackey Jr. helped instruct students during the drills and games. 

Students learned flag football skills in a safe, inclusive way at several stations, including receiving, stopping a ball carrier using a “hand touch” move instead of by tackling, passing and “flag tag.” The players also participated in a Q&A where students asked about their experiences playing football, leadership and teamwork.

“It’s about teamwork, something that we all need at a young age. Teach them how to work with others and also how to take not achieving a goal you might want to achieve,” said defensive lineman Leon Mackey Jr. “I got my flag pulled twice!”

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.