ARLINGTON, Va. – For the fifth-consecutive year the Washington Capitals and Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) Foundation teamed up with Dreams for Kids DC (DFKDC) to host an Extreme Recess Hockey clinic at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Feb. 20.
Capitals head coach Barry Trotz and players Karl Alzner, Andre Burakovsky and Aaron Volpatti skated and played hockey with nearly 100 children with physical and developmental disabilities. Trotz, Alzner, Burakovsky and Volpatti spent the clinic instructing children on how to skate and pushing the sleds of children playing sled hockey. They also signed autographs and took photos with attendees. Prior to the free session, participants watched the Capitals practice.
MSE Foundation provided ice time for the clinic and T-shirts for all of the participants.
Dreams For Kids DC, a 501(c)(3) children's charity, organizes life-changing activities that empower children with physical and developmental disabilities to unite with their peers and realize their full potential. Their Extreme Recess clinics pair each child with a volunteer so every child is engaged effectively as they participate in sports, often for the very first time.
The event was held in conjunction with the Capitals’ celebration of Hockey is for Everyone™ Month, a league wide initiative that offers children of all backgrounds opportunities to play hockey and leverages the sport of hockey as a catalyst to teach essential life skills and the core values of hockey: commitment, perseverance and teamwork.