Being a professional athlete comes with a great deal of responsibility both on and off of the ice. Our players strive to be role models in the community and, through their work in many different community-driven programs, players get the opportunity to help causes nearest to their own hearts.
Through his decision in 2006 to create this community initiative, Alex Ovechkin generously provides underserved children, recuperating injured soldiers and active military and their families the chance to attend a Capitals home game at Verizon Center. Ovechkin purchases eight Capitals season tickets and donates them to Most Valuable Kids (MVK). MVK then distributes these tickets to either injured soldiers or active military and their families; or to boys and girls, 18 and under, through numerous nonprofit organizations that focus on children in low-income and underserved households.
Ovi's Crazy 8s sit in the lower level of Verizon Center and are recognized at home games. In addition, each person in the section receives a foam No. 8 and, after select games, participants have an opportunity to meet Ovechkin.
Caps forward Nicklas Backstrom joined the cause in 2011, with Karl Alzner and Braden Holtby joining in 2015. Each player and Segal will donate $50 per Capitals win during the regular season and $100 per Capitals win during the playoffs. To date, So Kids Can has donated nearly $300,000 for charity.
Past beneficiaries of So Kids Can include MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, KaBOOM!, Dr. Bear's Toy Closet at Children's National and Pediatric Prosthetics.
If you would like more information on So Kids Can, please contact Elizabeth Wodatch at email@example.com. If you would like to make a donation by mail, please send a check made payable to Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation earmarked for So Kids Can to:
Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation/So Kids Can
627 N. Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22203