ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner, Capitals’ Better Halves including Mandy Alzner and Brandi Holtby, mascot Slapshot, Red Rockers and 100 fans participated in a Capitals and Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation service project to help clean up Fort Dupont Ice Arena in Southeast Washington, D.C., on April 19.
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|Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner (center) and two |
volunteers put together a goal at Fort Dupont on Saturday. The
three were among 100 volunteers participating in a Capitals and Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation service project
to help clean up the arena.
Saturday marked the fifth-consecutive year that the Capitals and their fans have joined together to help spruce up Fort Dupont. Volunteers helped wax the boards, clean the glass, paint the locker rooms and hallways, put together goals and clean and organize hockey equipment inside the arena. Outside volunteers cleaned and mulched tree boxes and flower beds and swept the parking lot and sidewalks.
“Fort Dupont is a wonderful facility and we’re glad to be able to assist today,” said Karl Alzner. “Whatever you can do to help a rink out and make it as good as possible so people want to come and skate is huge.”
The Washington Capitals and Fort Dupont have a long-standing partnership. In February, Capitals forward Joel Ward presented a $12,000 check to Fort Dupont from MSE Foundation. The Washington Capitals have donated $87,000 to the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Program since 2004.
Fort Dupont is the only public indoor ice arena located in Washington, D.C., and the only skating facility in the area that provides free or subsidized skating programs to children. Its Kids On Ice program provides free figure skating, hockey and speed skating lessons to economically disadvantaged children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to learn these sports. Friends of Fort Dupont Ice Arena partners with public and private schools, summer camps, churches and local community organizations to promote and deliver its programs to more than 7,000 children per year.