ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals Hall-of-Famer Rod Langway and Mystics guard Tierra Ruffin-Pratt participated in a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service project in partnership with Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation and Playworks Washington, D.C., at Kimball Elementary School in southeast D.C. on Jan. 19.
“It’s always important to give back to our community,” said Mystics player Tierra Ruffin-Pratt. “To do it on a day that honors Dr. King is even more meaningful and makes me proud to have been part of this project.”
They were joined by more than 60 Capitals, Mystics and Wizards fans who took part in tasks that included painting murals, cleaning and painting classrooms and organizing storage rooms. In addition, volunteers painted canvases to spell out “Kimball Elementary” and created a large art project using photos of students and teachers for the school’s Hall of Recognition.
“We had a great turnout and appreciate the assistance of our fans,” said Langway. “We hope the Kimball Elementary School students and staff enjoy the murals and refreshed classrooms and wish them success in the remainder of the school year.”
Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation supports the charitable efforts of the professional teams under its umbrella: the Washington Capitals, Mystics and Wizards. 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 and hockey, education and scholarship, pediatric health and fitness, military and veterans' affairs and hunger and homelessness.
Playworks is a national nonprofit organization that transforms schools by providing play and physical activity at recess and throughout the school day. Its mission is to improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play. Playworks currently partners with 18 public and public charter schools in Washington, D.C., serving 7,300 students each day.