ARLINGTON , Va. – So Kids Can participants Karl Alzner, Nicklas Backstrom and Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals and Elliot Segal from the Elliot in the Morning show unveiled a refurbished pediatric hematology/oncology outpatient waiting area at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital on March 17.
The room is hockey-themed with Capitals highlights and was funded using money raised from the last three seasons of So Kids Can. Architecture Inc. designed the space, while Hunter Contracting built the waiting room for patients battling childhood cancers and blood disorders.
So Kids Can was created in 2008 by former Capitals defenseman Mike Green and Segal to benefit youth-focused, nonprofit organizations. Backstrom joined the cause in 2011 along with former Capitals forward Brooks Laich. To raise money for So Kids Can, the participants donated based on Backstrom, Green and Laich’s goals and assists throughout the course of the regular season and playoffs. At the end of each season, Segal matched the funds raised.
This season marks the first year Alzner and Holtby are participating. Funds raised will be based on number of wins, with each player and Segal donating $50 per win during the regular season and $100 per win during playoffs. This year’s beneficiary will be Horton’s Kids, a social change organization that empowers at-risk children in Anacostia, and prepares them for success in school, career and life. For more information on So Kids Can visit MonumentalFoundation.org.
Following a ribbon-cutting ceremony, players participated in an arts and crafts activity with patients.