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Washington Capitals Captain Alex Ovechkin Takes His Skates Off for Shoe Auction to Benefit Soles4Souls

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
Arlington, Va. The Washington Capitals have donated a pair of captain Alex Ovechkin’s autographed, game- worn skates to benefit Soles4Souls’ relief efforts in Japan. The skates will be featured in the international shoe charity’s online shoe auction on The auction, which was launched on June 1 and extends through June 22, is being held in coordination with Soles4Souls' 4th annual National Barefoot Week. Proceeds will be used to aid Soles4Souls’ response to disasters around the world such as the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The charity’s Japan relief efforts began as an internal shoe drive at NBCUniversal 30 Rock studios and quickly caught on to a number of professional athletes and a-list celebrities who decided to take their shoes off for a good cause. In addition to Ovechkin’s skates, the celebrity shoe auction benefitting Soles4Souls also includes items from NHL players Zach Parise, Zdeno Chara, Ryan Getzlaf and Chris Pronger.

For more information on the auction and how to bid, or to find out how you can get involved in Soles4Souls 2011 National Barefoot Week, visit

About Soles4Souls®, Clothes4Souls®, and Hope4Souls™
Soles4Souls collects new shoes to give relief to the victims of abject suffering and collects used shoes to support micro-enterprise efforts to eradicate poverty. Soles4Souls’ other two divisions, Clothes4Souls and Hope4Souls, provide the same relief and support through clothing and other necessities. Donating parties are eligible for tax advantages. Visit,, or for more information.
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