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Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation Announces Hockey DC-CAP College Scholarship Recipient

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation recently announced its District of Columbia College Access Program (DC-CAP) hockey scholarship recipient.

For the second-consecutive year, MSE Foundation, the charitable arm of the NBA’s Washington Wizards, WNBA’s Washington Mystics and NHL’s Washington Capitals, awarded three $10,000 scholarships to DC-CAP students. Recipients must attend D.C. public or public charter schools to be eligible for the scholarship.

Katherine Nicole Baker (Friendship Collegiate Academy) is the recipient of the hockey scholarship. The Foundation also announced a men’s basketball and women’s basketball recipient.

Youth basketball and hockey and education and scholarship are among MSE Foundation’s five pillars. Applicants were required to write an essay on how what they learned playing sports will help them during their undergraduate studies and beyond.

Recipient of the 2015-16 hockey scholarship:

Katherine Baker

Katherine Baker’s experiences with skating began when she was three years old when she was introduced to figure skating. Even from such an early age Baker said there was nothing that could keep her from the activity.

The Friendship Collegiate Academy student began playing ice hockey at the age of nine after attending a skating camp. She noticed some of her friends participating in a hockey camp and was intrigued by the game.

Upon joining the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Program, Baker entered a tight-knit group which would shape the next nine years of her life.

“I was embraced into a family,” said Baker. “A family of teammates, coaches and parents have turned into a solid foundation for helping me grow into who I am today. My coaches have pushed me to become more confident with my actions both on and off the ice.”

In addition to her life on the ice, Baker has been a standout student, routinely making her school’s honor roll. She also works locally as a skate guard and plays soccer.

Baker plans to attend Towson University and major in business administration. She aspires to own an ice rink in the Washington, D.C., area to allow more kids to play ice hockey.

“Throughout college and in my future career field I will take the lessons that I have learned and apply them to a variety of different realms,” Baker said. “I am going to ‘go for it’ when I commit to the school of my choice. I am going to ‘go for it’ when I open my own ice arena that provides many people with the opportunity to find love in skating.”

The lessons that Baker learned playing hockey are applicable to much more than just her performance on the ice. She plans to utilize what she has learned in every aspect of her life.

“I will fall on the ice in a game, the same way I fall in practice with the expectation to not only recover but to prevent the opposing side from scoring,” she said. “When I fall in my place of business, I will get back up and move forward even stronger. Playing ice hockey has taught me these lessons and continues to help me grow.”

About Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation supports the charitable efforts of the professional teams under its umbrella: the Washington Capitals, Mystics and Wizards. MSE Foundation 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 and hockey, education and scholarship, pediatric health and fitness, military and veterans' affairs and hunger and homelessness. For more information visit MonumentalFoundation.org.

About District of Columbia College Access Program

DC-College Access Program (DC-CAP) is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping all D.C. public and public charter high school students prepare for, enroll in and graduate from college as the cornerstone of a successful future. Since 1999, DC-CAP has worked with parents and educational partners, inspiring, counseling and providing fundamental support to help low income D.C. students believe that college is possible, find the path to get there and complete their education. By building long-term relationships and connections, DC-CAP is with students every step of the way, helping them to navigate the complex waters of the college application and financial aid process as well as providing integral support while they are in college. DC-CAP has helped more than 23,000 students enroll in college, supports more than 7,000 currently in college through its retention division, has awarded more than $33 million in scholarships and has celebrated the success of more than 6,500 college graduates who otherwise never would have had the opportunity for higher education. For more information, visit www.dccap.org.

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