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During his 14 seasons thus far in Washington, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has become a fixture when it comes to giving back to the community and making a difference. With the anticipated release of a special “Ovi-O’s” cereal set for a limited release at Giant Food stores in the DMV area, The Great Eight spent today delivering boxes of the cereal to a local elementary school, hospital, and working a shift at D.C. Giant Food store.
Ovechkin’s first stop was Arlington Traditional Elementary School, where he delivered boxes of Ovi-O’s and enjoyed a bowl with the students, spending time talking, telling the students to ride a bike with a helmet (this comes after he scraped himself up after a bike accident, followed by a fall during a scrimmage at the Capitals’ practice facility) and even doing some math, earning an A+ grade from the class teacher. In addition, he signed some autographs for the teacher, who just so happened to be a big fan of the Capitals.
🚨🚨MUST SEE🚨🚨#Capitals Alex Ovechkin surprises 2nd graders with his new Ovi O’s cereal!!! @GiantFood @Capitals @wusa9 @WUSA9sports #ALLCAPS pic.twitter.com/ycPDL7rjhQ— Darren M. Haynes (@DarrenMHaynes) September 10, 2019
#Capitals Alex Ovechkin says
“ride a bike with a helmet. It saved my life”
Ovi with cuts on his hands and face after falling off his bike two days. @wusa9 @WUSA9sports #ALLCAPS pic.twitter.com/4UGD9OMTux— Darren M. Haynes (@DarrenMHaynes) September 10, 2019
#Capitals Alex Ovechkin (@ovi8) signs Stanley Cup poster at elementary school……☝️but not before their teacher gets her autograph!! @wusa9 @WUSA9sports 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/aMDC1q8rYl— Darren M. Haynes (@DarrenMHaynes) September 10, 2019
At the end of his visit, Ovechkin took a class picture with the students and staff members before departing for his next stop at the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.
Alex Ovechkin was a secret special guest today in my classroom! He ate lunch with us (cereal 😊). Thank you OVI! What an AMAZING unforgettable day! @MrsFlyntATS @APS_ATS @Capitals #OviOs pic.twitter.com/WejKma6cyE— Vicky (@MrsFlyntATS) September 10, 2019
Upon his arrival at MGUH, Ovechkin was greeted with several hugs and visited with the children patients, many of whom sported Capitals apparel, enjoying another helping of Ovi-O’s with the patients. In addition, he spent time chatting and taking photos with the children, who showed off their artwork to The Great Eight, including a self-made hockey stick and clay figure of Ovechkin himself.
Ovechkin’s final stop on his tour was the Giant Food store on Wisconsin Avenue Northwest in Washington D.C., where he helped stock the cereal shelves (Aisle 8 of course!) with Ovi-O’s.
In addition, Ovechkin helped check out customers (including his wife Nastya), and even card a customer with alcohol among his groceries, signing the first boxes of Ovi-O’s for customers in line.
#Capitals Alex Ovechkin (@ovi8)
“see you at home”
After he rings up AND PAYS for his wife’s groceries at @GiantFood!!! @wusa9 @WUSA9sports @Capitals 🤣🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/UkDWsqXsIT— Darren M. Haynes (@DarrenMHaynes) September 10, 2019
At the conclusion of his “shift” at Giant, Ovechkin left all customers with a reminder to buy their box of Ovi-O’s:
Ovi-O’s will be available starting September 17 (Ovechkin’s 34th birthday) at all local Giant Food stores in the DMV area, just one day after the Capitals’ first preseason game against the Chicago Blackhawks on September 16.
By Michael Fleetwood