The Coronavirus pandemic forced all professional sports leagues to be put on hold or suspend their respective seasons. In the DMV, local sports broadcasters are coming together through the initiative, Voices of D.C. Sports: Helping to Feed the City, Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) announced on Monday.
A total of 14 broadcasters will take part in this launch:
Joe Beninati, NBC Sports Washington Capitals play-by-play announcer
Al Koken, NBC Sports Washington Capitals reporter and host
Craig Laughlin, NBC Sports Washington Capitals analyst
Alan May, NBC Sports Washington Capitals studio analyst
John Walton, Capitals Radio play-by-play announcer
Dave Jageler, Nationals Radio play-by-play announcer
FP Santangelo, MASN Nationals color analyst
Charlie Slowes, Nationals Radio, play-by-play announcer
Larry Michael, Washington Redskins play-by-play announcer
Caron Butler, NBC Sports Washington Wizards analyst
Glenn Consor, NBC Sports Washington and Wizards Radio analyst
Drew Gooden – NBC Sports Washington Wizards color analyst
Dave Johnson, Wizards Radio play-by-play broadcaster and D.C. United play-by-play announcer
Justin Kutcher, NBC Sports Washington Wizards play-by-play announcer
— John Walton (@WaltonCaps) March 23, 2020
Hey DC, the voices of your favorite teams are banding together to raise money to serve meals to those in need during these tough times with shout outs through Cameo. Check us out, let’s all help each other!https://t.co/al0Par1mMM pic.twitter.com/7pQ6La3XWD
— Charlie Slowes (@CharlieSlowes) March 23, 2020
Through Cameo, a personalized video shoutout platform, fans are encouraged to ask for video messages from a sports personality by a $25 donation. All proceeds will benefit DC Central Kitchen, the Capital Area Food Bank, and Martha’s Table. You can text DCSPORTS to 44321 to make a donation as well.
Sports Broadcasters’ Cameo Introductions
About Capital Area Food Bank
The Capital Area Food Bank works to address hunger today and create brighter futures tomorrow for the nearly half a million people across the region experiencing food insecurity. As the anchor in the area’s hunger relief infrastructure, the food bank provides over 30 million meals to people in need each year by supplying food to 450+ nonprofit organizations, including Martha’s Table, SOME – So Others Might Eat, DC Central Kitchen, Food for Others, Manna, and others. Through these partnerships, the food bank supports 10 percent of the region’s mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, and grandparents. To learn more, visit: capitalareafoodbank.org, or find the Capital Area Food Bank on Facebook at facebook.com/CapitalAreaFoodBank, and Twitter at @foodbankmetrodc.
About DC Central Kitchen
DC Central Kitchen (DCCK) is an iconic nonprofit and social enterprise that combats hunger and poverty through job training and job creation. The organization provides hands-on culinary job training for individuals facing high barriers to employment while creating living wage jobs and bringing nutritious, dignified food where it is most needed. DCCK’s social ventures include serving scratch-cooked farm-to-school meals in DC schools, delivering fresh, affordable produce to corner stores in neighborhoods without supermarkets, and operating a fast-casual cafe. DCCK has been featured in national media including The Washington Post, The Atlantic, National Geographic, PBS NewsHour, and more. To learn more, visit www.dccentralkitchen.org or follow @dccentralkitchen on Instagram.
About Martha’s Table
Martha’s Table believes every child, regardless of zip code, should have the opportunity to thrive and realize their greatest success in life. For the past 40 years in the District of Columbia, Martha’s Table has supported strong children, strong families and strong communities by increasing access to high-quality education, nutritious food and family supports. Through their Joyful Food Markets, Martha’s Table brings the joy of healthy eating to more than 50 elementary schools in D.C.’s Wards 7 and 8 every month. Martha’s Table has long relied on the generosity and passion of volunteers—and they have more than 18,000 volunteer opportunities to fill each year. Now, during this difficult time, Martha’s Table is doubling down on its mission and continues to stand alongside DC residents with an unprecedented level of support, including increased access to meal sites and grocery distribution. For more information on their response efforts and program updates, visit: https://marthastable.org/covid19/.
By Della Young