Photo: Washington Capitals
Today the Washington Capitals organization, along with Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation hosted a community service event at the Fort Dupont Ice Arena in Southeast D.C.
Over 100 volunteers participated in a variety of events which included painting locker rooms, hallways and bathrooms, cleaning speed mats, windows and helmets, cleaning and waxing boards, sorting and pairing hockey equipment, stringing goal nets, cleaning and mulching tree boxes and flower beds, sweeping the parking lot and sidewalks and clearing brush from the building.
Similar to last year’s event, volunteers arrived to the arena at 9:00 am and were asked to fill out a waiver form and were given a list of events to choose from to work at the event. The volunteers were also given a free t-shirt and complimentary snacks which include bananas, apples, fruit gummies, energy bars and water. The event’s coordinator, Elizabeth Wodatch, welcomed everyone to the event and introduced the Capitals Head Coach Barry Trotz and his family as well as Brandi Holtby, Mandy Alzner, Taylor Winnik, Katie Niskanen, Red Rockers Paige and Britt, and the team’s mascot Slapshot.
Before everyone joined up with their respective groups, every member in attendance participated in a short yoga stretch and afterwards the volunteers headed off to their projects. Once the everyone completed their tasks, the staff from Monumental Sports ordered everyone lunch from Subway and as a form of gratitude gave every volunteer an envelope that included a VIP voucher for a cruise on the Potomac river.
Overall the event was incredible. The staff was nice and professional. Coach Trotz took time to take pictures with the fans, the Red Rockers shared their experience with the fans and Brandi Holtby, Mandy Alzner, Taylor Winnik, and Katie Niskanen were nice enough to participate in place of their husbands to help out the local community and share their stories with the fans.
By Andrei Poleshchuk