WASH., D.C. — The Washington Capitals’ Captain, Alex Ovechkin, and Defenseman Mike Green are certainly known as superstars on the ice in the National Hockey League. Ovechkin is a 26 year old phenom from Moscow, Russia who took the league by storm in 2005 scoring 52 goals his first season and never less than 46 since that year. He is a tough player with many skills and has led the league in shots for six straight seasons. Green came to the Capitals in the same draft as Ovechkin, and has grown to be a solid defenseman. His plus/minus rating is impressive each year, reaching as high as +39 in 2010, and often leads the team in ice time. However, these two players also have something else in common – they are very generous.
Ovechkin started Ovi’s Crazy 8s foundation early in his career. In five years, the foundation has provided nearly 2,300 children, soldiers, and families with the opportunity to see a Capitals home game free of charge. Ovechkin purchases eight season tickets from the team and donates them to fans who normally wouldn’t have access to tickets. Ovi’s Crazy 8s sit in the lower level of Verizon Center and are recognized at home games. In addition, each person receives a foam number eight, and, after select games have the opportunity to meet Ovechkin. Ovechkin has invited them to skate with him on off days and before practices, as well.
Green’s Gang was started in 2008 by Green, who purchases seven Capitals season tickets and donates them to Most Valuable Kids, Inc. (MVK). Green’s Gang also sits in the lower level of Verizon Center and are recognized at home games. In addition, each person receives a Green’s Gang T-Shirt and participants have the opportunity to meet Mike, who is very gracious with his time signing autographs, answering questions, and taking pictures with the attendees.
Both players should be lauded for their generous donations and desire to provide memories not soon forgotten by the thousands who have benefited from these programs.
The Capitals have teamed up with MVK to provide a unique opportunity for Capitals plan holders to donate unused game tickets to underserved children in the Wash., D.C., metropolitan area. Tickets that would otherwise go unused are redistributed by MVK to boys and girls, 18 and younger, through various local nonprofit organizations. MVK’s mission is to help combat juvenile delinquency and promote an appreciation of athletics and culture. This system of being able to attend professional and collegiate sporting events and cultural performances promotes self-esteem and illustrates to children the merits of philanthropy, personal discipline, determination and perseverance. MVK provides an avenue for building strong character among our local youth, while creating unforgettable memories at the same time.
The Good In Sports proudly awards the Capitals’ Ovechkin and Green for their gracious donation.
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