ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals forwards Nicklas Backstrom and Troy Brouwer, Washington Wizards forward Glen Rice, Jr. and Washington Mystics basketball operations assistant Jessica Moore helped prepare Washington D.C.’s Neval Thomas Elementary School for the upcoming academic year during Beautification Day on Aug. 24.
Beautification Day was established in 2005 as an annual citywide “spruce up” of D.C. Public Schools prior to the first day of school.
Joined by more than 100 volunteers, the Red Rockers and Wizard Girls, Backstrom, Brouwer, Rice Jr. and Moore painted murals around the building, worked in the school garden and assisted teachers with classroom setup, among other projects.
“It’s always great to be with our fans and give back to the community,” said Backstrom. “The beginning of the school year is an exciting time and we hope the kids enjoy the murals.”
“It’s important to us to be able to help out,” added Rice. “With the fans’ hard work, the building is looking great and ready for the children to start classes next week.”
The event marked the first year all three Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) teams hosted a Beautification Day project on behalf of the MSE Foundation and the fifth year the Capitals have partnered with DCPS and Serve DC – The Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism to participate in Beautification Day.
Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation supports the charitable efforts of the professional teams under its umbrella: the Washington Capitals, Mystics and Wizards. MSE is committed to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and focuses on the following five pillars to maximize its impact on the community: education and scholarship, hunger and homelessness, military and veterans’ affairs, pediatric health and fitness and youth basketball and hockey.
In 2013 Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation, along with the Leonsis Foundation, will donate more than $1.5 million to local charities. Nearly $850,000 has been donated to date.