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Washington Capitals Forward Joel Ward Presents Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Program with $26,000 Check on Behalf of Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals

ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals forward Joel Ward presented the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Program with a $26,000 check on behalf of Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation. Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club defenseman Noah Pettiford, center Zack Ware, manager Betty Dean and founder Neal Henderson accepted the check from Ward following a recent practice.

These funds were raised through a grant from the Teammates for Kids Foundation. Each year individual Capitals players pledge to contribute to Teammates for Kids, a foundation that supports inner-city and underserved children in the areas of health and education. Teammates for Kids then makes a donation to MSE Foundation based on the number of Capitals players who participate.

During the 2013-14 season Washington Capitals players Karl Alzner, Nicklas Backstrom, Troy Brouwer, John Carlson, Jason Chimera, Eric Fehr, Mike Green, Jack Hillen, Braden Holtby, Marcus Johansson, Steven Oleksy, Aaron Volpatti, Joel Ward and Tom Wilson made pledges to Teammates for Kids.

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.

“The Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Program does a great job teaching young players the skills that they need to succeed on and off the ice, and my teammates and I are proud to support the organization,” said Ward.

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Fort Dupont Ice Arena is the only full-size indoor ice arena in Washington, D.C., and the Cannons are the oldest minority youth hockey program in North America.

Founded in 1978 by Neal Henderson, the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Program (FDIHP) is a development program that provides local and inner-city youth in Washington, D.C., the opportunity to participate in an organized ice hockey program. The FDIHP is the oldest ice hockey program that is a member of the NHL’s Hockey is for Everyone initiative. The program’s goal is to teach young people discipline, self-esteem, a sense of purpose and to offer an incentive to excel academically. The benefits of such a program extend far beyond the rink – a vast majority of the children who have participated in the FDIHP have continued on to higher education and are confident, productive citizens.

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