ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner, Capitals’ Better Halves Mandy Alzner and Brandi Holtby, mascot Slapshot, Red Rockers 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 June 13.
Saturday marked the sixth-consecutive year that the Capitals and their fans have joined together to help spruce up Fort Dupont. Volunteers helped paint the locker rooms, hallways and lobby, waxed the boards, washed windows, inventoried and organized rental skates and skating dresses, put together goals and cleaned hockey equipment inside the arena. Outside volunteers weeded and swept the parking lot and sidewalks, stained the steps and painted handicapped parking spaces and no parking zones.
“Fort Dupont provides kids in D.C. with great opportunities to play hockey, and we’re glad to be able to help prepare the arena for them,” said Alzner. “It’s awesome to see so many fans come out in support and get the rink ready for the kids’ return.”
View a video recap of the service project at MonumentalNetwork.com.
The Washington Capitals and Fort Dupont have a long-standing partnership. In December, Capitals forward Joel Ward presented a $26,000 check to Fort Dupont. The funds were part of a grant MSE Foundation received from the Teammates for Kids Foundation. Fourteen Capitals players, including Ward, made pledges to the Teammates for Kids Foundation’s Top Shelf Teammates program. Every dollar contributed by players is tripled through an affiliation with other donors. Through grants received from the Teammates for Kids Foundation, the Washington Capitals have donated $113,000 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.