Blackhawks Fans Raise Money for Fort DuPont Ice Arena in Washington D.C. After Smith-Pelly Incident

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After being the target of racial taunts during the Capitals’ game against the Chicago Blackhawks several days ago, and the subsequent banning of the four fans who were responsible, Devante Smith-Pelly and other Blackhawks fans have done some good for Fort DuPont Ice Arena in Washington D.C., as Blackhawks fans have raised $23,000 as an apology for their fellow fans’ reprehensible behavior, per The Washington Post. 

After writing an article in The Chicago Tribune, Steve Rosenbloom received an email from a reader, John Simpson, stating that he believed Blackhawks fans should donate money to a charity of Smith-Pelly’s choosing. What’s more, Simpson donated the first $10,000. Smith-Pelly settled on Fort DuPont Ice Arena in D.C., and Chicago fans responsed wholeheartedly. What’s even more incredible about the gesture, is that Simpson himself is not really a fan of hockey.

In total, ‘Hawks fans raised $23,000 on 353 donations, showing their overwhelming support of Smith-Pelly. Fort DuPont director Ty Newberry released a statement following the announcement of the donation:

“We are overwhelmed with the support from the hockey community, the people of Chicago, Blackhawks fans and others across the country,” Newberry said in an email. “We are incredibly grateful that Devante Smith-Pelly chose us as his charity; though, we would have preferred that this incident never occurred to begin with. It is great to know that the world is filled with so many more good people than it is bad.”

The kindness of Simpson and Blackhawks fans is truly inspiring and shows that the world is filled with people who want to right wrongs and make a difference. As Fort Dupont Ice Arena is a non-profit organization, this donation should help tremendously to continue their operations. If you would like to donate to Fort DuPont Ice Arena, click here.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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