ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz, Capitals wives Mandy Alzner, Brandi Holtby, Katie Niskanen, Kim Trotz and Taylor Winnik, Red Rockers, Slapshot and 100 fans participated in a Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation service project to help spruce up Fort Dupont Ice Arena in Southeast Washington, D.C., on May 14.
Saturday marked the seventh-consecutive year that the Capitals and their fans have joined together to help clean up and make improvements at Fort Dupont. Volunteers painted the locker rooms, hallways and bathrooms, waxed the boards, cleaned the glass, put together goals and cleaned and organized hockey equipment inside the arena. Outside volunteers cleaned and mulched tree boxes and flower beds and weeded and swept the parking lot and sidewalks.
“We are so blessed to have had so many Capitals fans, player wives and coach Trotz spend a Saturday morning volunteering at our rink,” said Ty Newberry, Fort Dupont general manager. “We are a small not-for-profit, and survive on the generosity of people and their time, with the Capitals and their fans continuously supporting us along the way. As a result of the Caps Care Day, our building looks great for all of the incredible kids that we serve.”
The Washington Capitals and Fort Dupont have a long-standing partnership. In March, goaltender Philipp Grubauer and forward Michael Latta participated in a practice with children from the Fort Dupont Cannons and the Kids on Ice program. During the event, Grubauer and Latta presented a check in the amount of $42,000 to the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club on behalf of Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation. The funds were part of a grant from the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation. Twenty-three Capitals players made pledges to the Teammates for Kids Foundation’s Top Shelf Teammates program. Every dollar contributed by players was then tripled through an affiliation with other donors. Through grants received from the Teammates for Kids Foundation, the Washington Capitals have donated $175,400 to the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Program since 2003.
“Our partnership with Fort Dupont embodies our commitment to the continued growth of youth hockey in the area,” said Trotz. “This service project is a fantastic opportunity to bring the team and community together and we are very appreciative of the Capitals fans for all their support in making Fort Dupont a welcoming hockey facility for the region’s hockey players and skaters.”
Fort Dupont Ice Arena is the only full-size indoor ice arena in Washington, D.C., and the Cannons are the oldest minority youth hockey program in North America and the oldest ice hockey program that is a member of the Hockey is for Everyone ™ initiative. The program’s goal is to teach young people discipline, self-esteem and a sense of purpose and to offer an incentive to excel academically.