WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Capitals will host Right To Play Night at Verizon Center on Wednesday, Feb. 21, when the team faces the San Jose Sharks, a celebration of the athlete-driven international humanitarian organization Right To Play.
Capitals left wings Alex Ovechkin
and Matt Pettinger are Right To Play Athlete Ambassadors, as is Sharks center Joe Thornton. Those three will be joined by Olympic gold medal speed skater Joey Cheek, another Right To Play Athlete Ambassador, for a pregame ceremony.
Cheek, who won gold in the 500-meter speed skating event at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, will sign autographs on the Verizon Center concourse during both intermissions. In addition, the Capitals will conduct a silent auction featuring autographed game-used equipment during the game, with all proceeds benefiting Right To Play.
Right To Play operates sport and play programs for children and youth in 22 countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Right To Play is committed to improving the lives of these children and to strengthening their communities by translating the best practices of sport and play into opportunities to promote development, health and peace.
Ovechkin, Pettinger, Thornton and Cheek will be joined on the ice before the game by youth hockey players from the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club of Washington, D.C. The four Athlete Ambassadors will present the children with autographed Right To Play Red Balls. The Red Ball symbolizes Right To Play’s motto: “When Children Play the World Wins.”