ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green was named the recipient of the James Brown Impact Award, presented during the 10th annual SneakerBall, the Greater Washington Sports Alliance’s signature charity gala, on Tuesday, Sept. 10, in recognition of his involvement in the community. The award honors a player who has used sport to positively impact the area through his or her commitment and compassion for Washington, D.C., through community service.
Entering his ninth season with the Capitals, Green has devoted many hours of community and charitable service for a variety of organizations in need. In 2008 Green created the “So Kids Can” program with DC 101’s Elliot Segal to benefit youth-focused nonprofit organizations. To date, So Kids Can has donated nearly $250,000 to charity. In addition Green has participated in a number of other community initiatives.
“It is an honor to receive the JB Impact Award,” said Green. “I’ve been fortunate to be involved with several projects that have given back to the Washington, D.C., community, and I look forward to another season giving back to those in need through service.”
SneakerBall is the only black tie and sneakers gala that annually celebrates the best of sports in the region. The event is organized to benefit the Greater Washington Sports Alliance Foundation, which is made up of six local charities and creates avenues for corporate philanthropy to enhance the region’s youth sports programs and facilities. The Greater Washington Sports Alliance Foundation, a 501(c) 3, supports youth investment initiatives that provide young people from greater Washington the leadership skills to live healthier, happier and more productive lives through sports and fitness.
About Greater Washington Sports Alliance:
Established in 2003, The Greater Washington Sports Alliance (GWSA) is a regional, nonprofit sports commission created to foster economic development and civic pride through the power of sports. GWSA’s mission encompasses the attraction of sporting events to the region, the promotion of the regional professional, collegiate and amateur franchises, the support of youth investment organizations and the branding of Washington, D.C., as a world class sports destination.
Photo Caption: Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green accepts the JB Impact Award from CBS sportscaster James Brown during the 10th annual SneakerBall, the Greater Washington Sports Alliance’s signature charity gala, on Tuesday, Sept. 10. The JB Impact Award honors a player who has used sport to positively impact the area through community service.