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MSE Foundation Hosts Holiday Party for Local Families at Kettler Capitals Iceplex

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The Washington Capitals hosted a holiday party on behalf of Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation for families adopted through the Foundation’s Family-to-Family program on Dec. 21 at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va.

Attendees included Capitals head coach Barry Trotz and his wife Kim, forward Troy Brouwer and his wife Carmen and defenseman John Carlson. The group assisted with distributing gifts to families who were adopted through Family-to-Family, an initiative created by the Wizards 18 years ago that provides holiday cheer to underserved, deserving families in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. They also played street hockey with attendees and mingled with guests, along with Santa, Capitals mascot Slapshot and Red Rockers.

This year 20 families were adopted by the Foundation through Family-to-Family. The gifts were purchased in November when Capitals and Wizards better halves and Mystics players Taylor Hill and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt partnered on a holiday shopping spree at Walmart to benefit the nearly 100 adults and children involved in this year’s program. An additional 20 families were adopted by Capitals and Wizards players, Mystics coaches and Monumental Sports & Entertainment staff members.

The party marked the fourth year that MSE sports teams have collaborated on the Family-to-Family program, which allows the Capitals, Mystics and Wizards to “adopt” families in need who are nominated by local schools and nonprofit organizations. The Wizards delivered presents to a number of the families on Dec. 17.

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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.

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