In conjunction with the launch of Ovi O's, Alex Ovechkin's limited-edition breakfast cereal, the Washington Capitals' captain surprised Arlington Traditional School, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, and a local Giant store with a visit on Sept. 10.
Ovechkin began his tour by dropping in on a second-grade classroom at Arlington Traditional School in Arlington, Va.
"Hi kids," Ovechkin announced as he entered Mrs. Flynt's second grade class. "Do you want some Ovi O's?" Bearing the same benevolent toothless grin pictured on each box of Ovi O's, Ovechkin distributed his new honey-nut cereal to the class and spent time with the students.
Although the students had just finished their lunch, many of them shared a few bowls of Ovi O's with Ovechkin while swapping stories of their favorite superheroes. Ovechkin even sat down with one student and helped her with her math homework.
Mrs. Flynt, a huge Capitals fan herself, gave Ovechkin an A+ for his work. After lunch, Ovechkin signed a Capitals poster hanging in the classroom and distributed signed pictures of himself hoisting the Stanley Cup.
The next stop on his tour was the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Clinic at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. MedStar Georgetown University Hospital has held a special place in many Capitals hearts for a while. So Kids Can, the charitable arm of Capitals players Tom Wilson, Braden Holtby and Nicklas Backstrom, helped decorate the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Clinic in 2016. In 2018, following the Capitals Stanley Cup victory, Ovechkin and Ted Leonsis visited the hospital to celebrate the championship with some of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital's patients.
The long-standing rapport between Capitals players and patients showed as Ovechkin arrived at the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Clinic, where he was greeted by cheering families wearing Capitals gear. Ovechkin passed around bowls of Ovi O's to the patients and played the Snapchat AR video game unlocked with every box of Ovi O's cereal. Many selfies were taken, and a few patients presented Ovechkin with clay statues of himself, which he admired and proceeded to sign.
At the Giant supermarket in Cathedral Heights in Northwest D.C., the final stop on Ovechkin's promotional tour, Ovechkin donned a Giant Food uniform and began placing the first boxes of Ovi O's on the shelves, conveniently located in aisle eight of the supermarket. After stocking the shelves, Ovechkin setup behind a register and checked out some shopping fans.
Ovi O's is produced in collaboration with Giant Food, the official grocery sponsor of the Washington Capitals. The honey-nut cereal will be available across all 163 stores in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware beginning Sept. 17, Ovechkin's birthday. A portion of proceeds from the sale of Ovi O's will benefit the Maryland-based Children's Cancer Foundation, Inc., a non-profit that is committed to funding locally based researchers, programs, and facilities with the goal of assuring every child is guaranteed a healthy future.
"I think it was a pretty cool idea," Ovechkin said of the release of his cereal. "I think it works well, and I hope we're going to help out some kids in our community."