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Capitals and Comcast SportsNet Host Books for America Book Drive at March 12 Capitals Game

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
Washington, D.C. – March 6, 2006 – The Washington Capitals and Comcast SportsNet will host a book drive to benefit Books for America at their game against the Ottawa Senators, Sunday, March 12, at Verizon Center. Fans can donate new and gently used children’s books, educational videos and audio books as part of March is Reading Month.

Capitals staff will collect these educational items beginning at 2 p.m. when doors open at the F Street, Gallery Place, and 7th and G Street entrances. All items will be donated to Books For America, a nonprofit organization that collects and distributes books to local literacy programs and community groups. The first 1,000 fans who donate will receive an official Caps poster.
“Books for America is thrilled to once again team up with the Washington Capitals to collect books for some of the most disadvantaged kids in the nation’s capital,” said Steve Hersey, president and founder of Books For America. “All children deserve to have books in their home they can read, enjoy and learn from. Thanks to the Washington Capitals, hundreds of local children now have books in their homes they can call their own. The Washington Capitals have been a valuable partner in our fight to improve literacy and educational potential in our kids.”
Forward Ben Clymer is the Capitals’ spokesman for the Books For America Book Drive. “It is really important for us as a team to give back to the community that supports us,” he said. “I am proud to be a part of such an important cause and hope that all of our fans will donate.”
Books for America, founded in June 2002, aims to collect and distribute more than 50,000 books every year to local organizations, with the mission of promoting literacy and life-long learning to economically, socially and physically disadvantaged communities in the Washington, D.C., area.
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