. – Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin
and five of his teammates visited Shaw Junior High School in Washington, D.C., after practice on Tuesday, Sept. 18, to participate in a beautification project at the school. The event was a celebration of Ovechkin turning 22 years old on Sept. 17 and included two birthday cakes and a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday” from the student body.
Forwards Nicklas Backstrom
, Matt Bradley, Donald Brashear and Brian Sutherby and defenseman Mike Green
joined Ovechkin as well as staff from the Capitals and Serve DC, in the Executive Office of the Mayor, to plant flowers and spread mulch in the school’s front courtyard. Each of the students participating was given an Ovechkin T-shirt to commemorate the event.
“It’s always good to help kids,” Ovechkin said. “We have a chance to give back, and we should. It was fun to see the kids’ smiling faces, and I think they had a good time, too.”
This is the latest in a series of community initiatives Ovechkin has participated in since arriving in Washington in 2005-06. The 2006 Calder Trophy winner as the NHL’s top rookie and a two-time selection to the NHL First All-Star Team, Ovechkin purchases eight season tickets to Capitals games in his “Crazy 8s” section that he donates to needy children or members of the military through Most Valuable Kids. He has also supported both Athletes Against Autism and Right To Play with generous contributions, both financial and of his time.
The Capitals, who opened Training Camp today, Sept. 14, are offering two-for-one season tickets in the Mezzanine Ends sections – fans who buy the first seat at gate price get the second seat free by signing up today. Fans can also save up to 51.4% off the gate price on all other seating locations. The Capitals also offer a 19-game Weekend Plan and a You Pick 11 plan, in which fans select the games they wish to attend. All plan holders can take advantage of the Caps PowerPay option – interest-free monthly payments with full-season plans starting as low as $75 per month. Single-game tickets will be available online and at all Ticketmaster outlets beginning Saturday, Sept. 15, at 10 a.m.
About Serve DC
Serve DC, in the Executive Office of the Mayor strengthens the city’s spirit of service and promotes service as an important solution to the daily challenges we face in our community. Serve DC hosts a variety of episodic volunteering events, the DC Citizen Corps initiative, and administers AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America grants. Serve DC continues to strive to make D.C. a more attractive community for all of its residents.