ARLINGTON, Va. - The Washington Capitals announced today Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation's donation of $5,300 to the Tucker Road Youth Hockey Program. The Tucker Road Youth Hockey Program, more commonly known as the Ducks, play out of Tucker Road Ice Rink in Fort Washington, Md., which was destroyed by a fire on Jan. 4.
The fire not only damaged the building, leaving the Ducks without a place to practice and play games, but also ruined thousands of dollars worth of donated equipment used by the team. MSE Foundation's donation will be used for the Tucker Road Ducks hockey team to secure ice time at other locations throughout the region so they can continue to practice and play games this season and into next season. A project timeline has not yet been established as to when Tucker Road Ice Rink will reopen; the rebuild is being managed by Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC).
MSE Foundation partner Leveling the Playing Field also supports the Tucker Road Ducks and is assisting them with replacing hockey gear that was destroyed by the fire.
The Tucker Road Ducks continue to accept donations online through the Tucker Road Parent Hockey Organization, whose mission is to foster and support youth ice hockey development at Tucker Road Ice Rink by providing children the opportunity to learn and play ice hockey regardless of their socio-economic status.
"We are extremely grateful to the Washington Capitals and Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation for helping us exceed our fundraising goal," said Tucker Road Parent Hockey Organization president Alexandria Briggs-Blake. "The generous support we have received from our community, other organizations and people from around the country, means that the Ducks Ice Hockey Team will be able to afford precious ice time at other rinks while Tucker Road is closed for repairs."
Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation supports the charitable efforts of the professional teams under its umbrella: the Washington Capitals, Mystics, Valor and Wizards and Baltimore Brigade. MSE is committed to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and focuses on the following five pillars to maximize its impact and engagement with the community: youth basketball, football and hockey, education and scholarship, pediatric health and fitness, military and veterans' affairs and hunger and homelessness.