Since 2011 the Capitals, Mystics and Wizards have collaborated on MSE Foundation’s Family-to-Family program, which the Wizards created 17 years ago. The program allows the Capitals, Mystics and Wizards to “adopt” families in need who are nominated by local schools and nonprofit organizations. During the 2015 holiday season 20 families were adopted by MSE Foundation and additional families were adopted by individual players and staff members.
The families selected for participation in the 2015 Family-to-Family program were nominated by local schools and nonprofit organizations, including Bright Beginnings, Brightwood Education Campus, Browne Education Campus, Catholic Charities, First AME Church of Alexandria, Imagine Hope, Playworks and The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command.
In 2014 MSE Foundation donated nearly $150,000 to Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) through its Courage program presented by Telos Corporation. Courage Caps and T-shirts were sold at Capitals games, at WashingtonCaps.com and at the team stores at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and Verizon Center. Wizards Courage hats were sold at Wizards games and at the Team Store at Verizon Center. Both teams had a limited number of autographed hats available for sale with the Caps also selling autographed T-shirts.
While 2015 marked the third season for the Wizards Courage program, it was the eighth season the Capitals hosted the campaign. During the past four seasons the Courage initiative has raised nearly $500,000 for TAPS. Since its inception the Courage program has raised nearly $635,000 for worthwhile charities, including Our Military Kids, USO-Metro and The Fisher House Foundation. Through the program nearly 20,000 Courage hats have been sold in eight years and nearly 9,000 Courage T-shirts have been sold in six years.
TAPS is a nonprofit organization that provides ongoing emotional help, hope and healing to all who are grieving the death of a loved one in military service to America. TAPS offers comfort and care through comprehensive services and programs, including peer-based emotional support, case work assistance, regional seminars and retreats for adults, Good Grief Camps for children and grief and trauma resources. Founded out of tragedy in 1994, TAPS has assisted more than 50,000 grieving military families and their caregivers.
Playworks Washington, DC
MSE Foundation partnered with Playworks Washington, D.C., providing a $25,000 grant and programming for the 2015-16 school year. Playworks is currently in 18 public and public charter schools in Washington, D.C., bringing safe, meaningful play to 7,100 students every day.
Through this partnership, MSE Foundation hosts the annual Playworks Junior Coach Leadership Conference at Verizon Center, sponsors a hockey and girls’ basketball league and hosts an MLK Day of Service volunteer project at a Playworks school.
Playworks is a national nonprofit organization that transforms schools by providing play and physical activity at recess and throughout the school day. It teaches children to resolve their own conflicts that arise at recess and carry over to the classroom, improving school climate both on and off the playground. Playworks helps transform recess into a safe, fun and inclusive time that gets students active and engaged so they can return to the classroom focused and ready to learn.
D.C. Public Schools and
District of Columbia College Access Program
All three Monumental Sports & Entertainment teams collaborated on MSE Foundation’s partnership to “adopt” a local school through Serve DC – The Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism and D.C. Public Schools (DCPS), which the Capitals became involved with in 2009. For the 2015-16 school year, MSE Foundation and its teams adopted Browne Education Campus, a Title I D.C. Public School located in Ward 5 that serves children in PK3 through eighth grade
MSE Foundation funded $30,000 in college scholarships in our teams’ names for DCPS and D.C. public charter school students through the District of Columbia College Access Program (DC-CAP). The Wizards $10,000 scholarship is awarded to a male studentathlete basketball player, the Mystics $10,000 scholarship to a female student-athlete basketball player and the Capitals $10,000 scholarship to a studentathlete hockey player. Each student is awarded $2,500 a year for four years. Applicants must have participated in organized basketball and hockey and write an essay about what inspired them to play, what lessons they learned from the sport and how those lessons will help them in college and the workforce.
The 2015 DC-CAP scholarship recipients are Jacobi Glover (Wizards) and Hezekiah Scudder (Capitals) from McKinley Technology High School and Chioma Aneke (Mystics) from School Without Walls High School. DC-CAP is a nonprofit organization working in partnership with the District of Columbia Public and Public Charter School Systems that provides counseling and financial assistance to students who might otherwise never have the opportunity to attend or graduate from college. DC-CAP also works in partnership with the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), the corporate community, colleges, universities and other college access programs. The overwhelming majority of students served by DC-CAP are from low-income, minority, single-parent households and are the first in their families to attend college
Everybody Wins! DC
Monumental Sports & Entertainment staff members participate in the Everybody Wins! DC Power Lunch program, a literacy and mentoring program based in select elementary schools in the Washington metropolitan area. The goal of Power Lunch is to encourage children’s interest in reading, expand their opportunities for success and facilitate meaningful volunteer contributions.
Through the Power Lunch program, MSE staff members, including employees from the Capitals, Mystics, Wizards and Verizon Center, are paired with students at Garrison Elementary School in Washington, D.C., and Key Elementary School in Arlington, Va. Each week during the school year, MSE staff members take time out of their day to visit with their mentees, spending time reading and sharing conversation during the lunch hour. MSE also hosts an employee book drive during the holidays to collect books that are donated to Everybody Wins! DC.
Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation funded its first Capitals-, Mystics- and Wizards-themed KaBOOM! playground at Eagle Academy Public Charter School in September 2013. Capitals and Wizards players and mascots, along with Red Rockers and Wizard Girls joined more than 250 volunteers from Eagle Academy Public Charter School and MSE Foundation, organizers from KaBOOM! and residents of the Congress Heights neighborhood to build a playground at the Eagle Center at McGogney.
Volunteers including Capitals and Wizards players completed the build in six hours, which involved moving 160 cubic yards of mulch, mixing more than 1,500 pounds of concrete and assembling the play structure. MSE Foundation is looking forward to building another team-themed playground in the D.C. area during the fall of 2014.
KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit dedicated to saving play for America’s children by creating great playspaces through the participation and leadership of communities. In 2011 the Capitals partnered with KaBOOM! to build a Capitals-themed playground at Associates for Renewal in Education in Washington, D.C., and in 2012 built a playground with the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority at Hopkins-Tancil Court in Alexandria, Va.
Flashes of Hope
Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation supports Flashes of Hope, helping to fund its Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia chapters. As a part of the partnership, players from the Capitals, Mystics and Wizards participate in photo shoots with local cancer patients from Children’s National Health System and Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children.
MSE Foundation donated nearly $50,000 to Flashes of Hope in 2015, raised through an auction held during the Capitals Hockey Fights Cancer night in October.
Flashes of Hope is a nonprofit organization that raises money for pediatric cancer research and changes the way children with cancer and other lifethreatening illnesses see themselves through the gift of photography. Nearly 300 patients and their families were photographed during 27 shoots and several special events funded by MSE Foundation in 2015. The goal of Flashes of Hope is to photograph every child until every child is cured.
Since 2010 the Capitals and MSE Foundation have provided more than $121,000 in grants for Flashes of Hope, establishing the D.C. chapter at Children’s National, and now supporting the Northern Virginia chapter based at Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children and the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.
Food 4 Families
The Capitals, Mystics and Wizards partner with NBC4 to host the Food 4 Families food drive at Verizon Center. Players, coaches, team spouses, mascots and staff help collect food and monetary donations during this day-long food drive. MSE Foundation provides a monetary donation to the cause, which provides food to families in need throughout the region during Thanksgiving.
Potomac Valley Amateur Hockey Association
For the seventh year in a row, the Washington Capitals partnered with the Potomac Valley Amateur Hockey Association (PVAHA), with MSE Foundation providing a $25,000 grant. This money helps fund the John Crerar Hockey Development and Chris Dernetz Disabled Hockey grant programs and is being distributed to 21 area hockey programs during the 2015-16 season. The Crerar grant program increases participation and promotes hockey within Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. The Dernetz grant program assists USA Disabled Hockey programs within PVAHA. Since 2009 the Capitals have granted $170,000 to PVAHA, and local hockey participation has increased 47%.
PVAHA is an affiliate of the Southeastern District of USA Hockey and is the governing body of all amateur hockey within the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington
For the third year in a row, MSE Foundation and the Washington Mystics and Wizards partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington (BGCGW), providing a $25,000 grant to the D.C.-based nonprofit. The money was used to increase participation and promote basketball on a grassroots level in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. The MSE Foundation grant funded scholarships for at-risk and underserved youth, girls’ player clinics, a girls’ league, coaches’ clinics and The Monumental Tournament of Champions, a Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington organizationalwide basketball tournament.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington provides activities and safe havens for more than 1,200 children at 14 sites from Fredericksburg, Va., to Germantown, Md. It aims to help children of all backgrounds build confidence, develop character and acquire the skills needed to become productive, civic-minded, responsible adults with its priority outcomes being academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles.
NHL Hockey is for Everyone Scholarship Fund
Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation proudly supports the NHL’s Thurgood Marshall College Fund. This academic scholarship is part of the partnership between the NHL and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund for participants in the NHL’s Hockey is for Everyone (HIFE) initiative, the league’s official youth development program. MSE Foundation earmarks its contributions for HIFE participants from the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. The 2013 funds benefited Donald Shaw III of the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club in Washington, D.C., who is currently attending Elmira College in Elmira, N.Y., where he plays on the junior varsity Soaring Eagles Hockey NCAA Division III team.
Hockey is for Everyone provides support and unique programming to nonprofit youth hockey organizations across North America that are committed to offering children of all backgrounds opportunities to play hockey. The initiative is supported by NHL member clubs, players, alumni and fans. To date, Hockey is for Everyone has exposed more than 45,000 boys and girls to unique hockey experiences.
Capitals Canine Calendars
The Washington Capitals and Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation team up to create and sell Capitals Canine Calendars, which raised more than $35,000 for Homeward Trails Animal Rescue during the 2014-15 season. These calendars feature photos of Capitals players with their dogs or with dogs from Homeward Trails Animal Rescue.
Capitals License Plates
Capitals license plates are available to drivers in the states of Maryland and Virginia.
Fans who purchase these license plates are not only showing their Caps spirit, but also are supporting charity as a portion of the fees benefit Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation. Since the inception of the Maryland and Virginia Caps license plates programs, more than $110,000 has been raised for the Foundation.
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Capitals Casino Night
Capitals Casino Night is Monumental Sports & Entertainment’s largest fundraiser. In 2015 the event was presented by Leonsis Foundation. This annual fundraiser features the entire team along with coaches and alumni participating in casino games with fans. There also is a raffle and silent auction featuring game-used equipment and autographed memorabilia as well as a live auction featuring interactive experiences with Capitals players and coaches. To date the Capitals have raised more than $1 million for charity through Casino Night.