Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin visited the Moscow Dynamo sports facilities in Novogorsk, Russia on Thursday. He took part in training with the team’s young soccer players and also spoke about his decision to join the Dynamo Endowment Fund project.
“I got tremendous pleasure from visiting the base. Everything here is done at the highest level. All the conditions have been created for the guys to grow and become better. I can say that the Dynamo base is one of the best in Russia, and perhaps in the world,” said Ovechkin.
“We see how Dynamo is playing now. There is a beautiful game and, most importantly, its drawing is visible. Football performed by the team is pleasing to the eye and cheers up the fans. Of course, it’s nice that there are many students who have graduated from the academy, who glorify the colors of their native club, raise it up. Now they play for the Russian national team. You can only be proud of them!”
For the stable development of the academy, in the spring of 2021, the soccer club and VTB Bank established an endowment fund. It was created to ensure financial stability and independence of the youth training system for Dynamo players. Ovechkin decided to join the endowment fund by making a donation and becoming its ambassador.
“I think it is very important to join such projects. This is necessary primarily for children, for the adolescent generation.”
The capital of the fund is not spent on supporting the current activities of the academy, but is used exclusively to generate investment income. The income earned from the investment is directed annually to the goals of the football academy.
Ovechkin will be heading back to Washington D.C. in the next two weeks to begin final preparations for training camp and the start of the 2021-22 season. The Capitals open their 2021-22 campaign on Wednesday, October 13 when they host the New York Rangers at Capital One Arena.
By Jon Sorensen