The Washington Capitals will host Right To Play Night on Tuesday, Jan. 15, when the team faces the Ottawa Senators at Verizon Center. The evening is a celebration of the athlete-driven international humanitarian organization Right To Play.
Capitals left wingers Alex Ovechkin
and Matt Pettinger both serve as Right To Play Athlete Ambassadors, as does Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson. All three players will be joined by four-time Olympic gold medalist (speed skating), president and CEO of Right To Play, Johann Olav Koss for a pre-game ceremony.
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, Alfredsson and Koss 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.”
The Capitals will also hold a silent auction of game-used team equipment, including sticks and gloves during the game. All proceeds will benefit Right To Play.
For more information on Right To Play, contact Martin Barnard at 416.498.1922 ext. 203 (office), 647.400.3308 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.righttoplay.com.