The George Mason University club hockey team hosted the NCR Military Eagles at Prince William Ice Center in Woodbridge, Va., on Saturday, Dec. 1 for Hockey Day in Virginia. Caps alumnus Rod Langway participated in the ceremonial puck drop and Red Rockers were on hand to mingle with the fans. This fundraising hockey game raised $16,890 for So Kids Can and Our Military Kids. Each organization received $8,445 raised through sponsorships, ticket sales, raffles and a silent auction.
So Kids Can is a fundraising initiative created in 2008 by Capitals defenseman Mike Green and Elliot Segal of the Elliot in the Morning show to benefit youth-focused, nonprofit organizations. Starting in 2011 Caps forwards Nicklas Backstrom and Brooks Laich also joined the cause. To date So Kids Can has donated nearly $250,000 to charity including Pediatric Prosthetics, Children’s National Medical Center and KaBOOM!
Our Military Kids provides substantial support in the form of grants to the children of National Guard and Military Reserve personnel who are currently deployed overseas, as well as the children of Wounded Warriors in all branches. The grants from Our Military Kids pay for participation in sports, fine arts, camps and tutoring programs that nurture and sustain children while a parent is away in service to the country or recovering from injury.
For more information on the George Mason University club hockey team, visit http://georgemasonhockey.com/.