On April 17, Allison Knode’s kindergarten class from Chesterbrook Academy in Chantilly, Va., attended the Washington Capitals practice where they presented Mike Green
with nearly $1,300 for his So Kids Can program.
Before presenting the money to Green, the class got to meet Caps majority owner Ted Leonsis. Leonsis congratulated the students and told him how impressed he was with them for giving back to the community at such an early age. He also announced that he would match their fundraising efforts and donate an additional $1,300 to So Kids Can.
Green and Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau then stopped by to thank the students and teachers for their hard work. Green took photos with the class and signed autographs for everyone.
Earlier in the school year, Knode had been inspired after seeing Leonsis talk about how important he feels it is to give back to the community and help others during a television interview. Knode then heard about So Kids Can, a fundraising initiative created by Green and Elliot Segal that currently benefits Pediatric Prosthetics, Inc. She thought putting these two ideas together would be a great project for her students so this spring Knode’s class created a fundraiser where they sold casual days and good luck grams at their school to benefit So Kids Can.
Students who bought casual days were allowed to wear green during the week of St. Patrick’s Day instead of their usual school uniform. The class also sold good luck grams which were gift bags filled with green St. Patrick’s Day-themed items. Knode’s class then got local businesses involved by encouraging them to allow their staffs to “go Green” and buy casual days at work. At the end of the project, the class wrote and assembled a book, “The Kindergarten Who Went Green,” recapping their achievements and sent letters to the Capitals, Leonsis, Green and Segal. Through their fundraising project, Knode’s class raised $1,270.50 for So Kids Can.
During the 2008-09 season, Green and Segal joined forces to create the So Kids Can program, a fundraising initiative that will benefit a different youth-focused, nonprofit organization each year. The inaugural season of So Kids Can will benefit Pediatric Prosthetics, Inc., an organization that helps families throughout the United States who have children who have either lost a limb or have congenital limb deficiency. The funds raised through So Kids Can during this season will be distributed through Pediatric Prosthetics to children in need in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
All funds raised for So Kids Can are based on Green’s official scoring statistics. Green will donate $100 for every goal he scores and $50 for each of his assists throughout the regular season. Green led all NHL defensemen in scoring this season with 31 goals and has 42 assists. During the playoffs Green will double the stakes, donating $200 per goal and $100 per assist.
At the end of the season Segal, whose morning show is broadcast in Washington, D.C., Richmond and Baltimore, will match the total amount, dollar for dollar. Washington Capitals Charities also will make a contribution to So Kids Can, and Caps fans and area businesses are encouraged to participate in the cause as well.