ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals donated a set of Verizon Center dasherboards to the Fort Dupont Ice Arena, the only public indoor ice arena located in Washington, D.C., and the only skating facility in the area that provides free or subsidized skating programs to children. Transport took place on Aug. 5 with the assistance of Bridgestone Americas, who is storing the boards and glass until installation begins at Fort Dupont Ice Arena.
Fort Dupont’s Kids On Ice program provides free figure skating, hockey and speed skating lessons to economically disadvantaged children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to learn these sports. Friends of Fort Dupont Ice Arena partners with public and private schools, summer camps, churches and local community organizations to promote and deliver its programs to more than 7,000 children per year.
“It’s an exciting day for the Fort Dupont Ice Arena,” said Ty Newberry, Fort Dupont general manager. “We will be using those boards in our brand new facility, and the constituents, our families and our board of directors couldn’t be more tickled to be able to say we’re going to have part of the Washington Capitals history in our building every day.”
The Washington Capitals and Fort Dupont have a long-standing partnership, having most recently completed a service project at the arena in June. Through grants received from the Teammates for Kids Foundation, the Washington Capitals have donated $113,000 to the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Program since 2004.