Capitals’ Nicklas Backstrom Donates $20,000 to Pros for Heroes, a COVID-19 Relief Fund Started by Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman

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Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and his wife Heather started a fundraiser called Pros for Heroes COVID-19 Relief Fund, which gives meals and supplies to medical workers in Northern Virginia who are helping treat patients with the Coronavirus. Zimmerman made a $100,000 donation. The idea is to attract as many professional D.C. athletes to help reach the goal of $250,000. Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom jumped on board and donated $20,000 to the fund.

Over $220,000 have already been donated to Pros for Heroes. To make a donation, please click here. A $10 donation covers roughly one meal and a family of four can be fed for just $40.

Zimmerman is working alongside Inova Health and SuperFd Catering. On Sunday, he told health-care professionals at a Falls Church intensive care unit, “You guys are doing so much for the community, and you probably don’t get to hear from outside the hospital very much. Zimmerman also said this is a “reminder” that the community is behind them “which sometimes can get lost.”

The Zimmermans are encouraging people to use the #ProsForHeroes hashtag and follow the fund on Instagram and Twitter for news and updates.

By Della Young

About Della Young

Della Young is an aspiring novelist and screenwriter who earned a BFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University in 2021. She comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for hockey in 2019. In her spare time, Della enjoys traveling, cooking, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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