Washington Capitals right wing Eric Fehr visited George Mason Elementary School in Alexandria, Va., on Wednesday, Sept. 17. The school, consisting of over 400 students and faculty, received an assembly as the overall winner of last season’s Caps Care Click to Win initiative.
Students and staff were “Rockin’ the Red” during Fehr’s visit as they celebrated their achievement of having the highest overall attendance rate of all schools participating in Caps Care Click to Win. George Mason Elementary School registered 98% attendance at the Capitals game on April 3 versus the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Capitals radio broadcaster Steve Kolbe was on hand to emcee the event and Slapshot stirred up excitement among the students with his antics. Following an introduction by Kolbe, the students chanted “Let’s Go Caps!” as Slapshot ran up the center aisle. Cheers ensued as Slapshot ran a lap around the gym, high-fiving students and teachers, and later in the assembly when he pumped out a set of pushups.
After being introduced, Fehr congratulated the students on their achievement and promoted the importance of education. Fehr described to the students that he enjoyed studying English when he was younger and explained how it has helped him with his career in hockey.
Fehr also fielded questions from students, including how young he was when he started playing hockey, his favorite hockey team, his favorite sports other than hockey and even his favorite color. Fehr drew one of the biggest reactions from students when he described how cold it gets in his hometown of Winkler, Manitoba.
The school’s students and staff were presented with a $1,500 check, which they earned for being selected to participate in Caps Care Click to Win and having the highest attendance rate for the Capitals game they attended. The Capitals also donated a 2007-08 Washington Capitals team autographed authentic home jersey to be displayed in the school and a set of street hockey equipment. Several students who attended the game on April 3 helped accept the check and prizes. All students received a Capitals pocket schedule and a Capitals temporary tattoo.
"George Mason was thrilled to be selected to be one of the schools to attend the game on April 3 and even more ecstatic and honored to be the school with the highest overall attendance rate!” said principal Dawn Feltman. “Our P.E. teacher, Ms. Wescott, and our students are very excited about our new hockey equipment and the money will help us fund enrichment opportunities that we would not otherwise be able to afford.”
Through last season’s Caps Care Click to Win initiative, 28 Washington metropolitan area schools were selected through a random drawing to receive game tickets and a $500 grant. The school that had the highest attendance rate at each game received an additional $1,000 grant from Washington Capitals Charities. The Capitals provided nearly 6,000 tickets to these schools, valued at more than $230,000.
Caps Care Click to Win has returned this season and continues to offer schools the chance to win free Capitals tickets and cash prizes. For more information and to register for the Caps Care Click to Win contest, go to http://WashingtonCaps.com/click-to-win.