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MSE Foundation to Host Holiday Party for Local Families on Dec. 15

December 12, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 12, 2017



MSE Foundation to Host Holiday Party for Local Families on Dec. 15

Teams to spread holiday cheer through Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation Family-to-Family program


ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals will host a holiday party on behalf of Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation for families adopted through the Foundation’s Family-to-Family program on Friday, Dec. 15, at 5:30 p.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va.


Participants include Capitals goaltender Philipp Grubauer, forward Devante Smith-Pelly and head coach Barry Trotz as well as Mystics guard Tayler Hill and head coach Mike Thibault.


This year 21 families were adopted through Family-to-Family, an initiative created by the Wizards 21 years ago that provides holiday cheer to underserved, deserving families in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. An additional eight families were adopted by players including Jay Beagle, Grubauer and Smith-Pelly, Hill, members of the coaching staff including Thibault, and MSE staff members.


Families will be able to play street hockey and get to interact with Santa, Capitals mascot Slapshot and Red Rockers. A DJ, face painter, caricature artist and balloon artist will also provide entertainment for the children. SuperFD is donating hot chocolate for the guests and Giant Grocery Stores generously donated gift cards for families. Presents for families to unwrap in celebration of holidays later this month will also be distributed.


The gifts were purchased in November when Capitals and Wizards better halves, Mystics players Natasha Cloud and Hill and Valor player Tracy Belton partnered on a holiday shopping spree at Walmart to benefit more than 100 adults and children involved in this year’s program.


The party marks the seventh year that MSE sports teams have collaborated on the Family-to-Family program, which allows them to “adopt” families in need who are nominated by local schools and nonprofit organizations. The Wizards will deliver presents to a number of the families on December 20.


Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation supports the charitable efforts of the professional teams under its umbrella: the Washington Capitals, Mystics, Valor and Wizards and Baltimore Brigade. MSE is committed to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and focuses on the following five pillars to maximize its impact and engagement with the community: youth basketball, football and hockey; education and scholarship; pediatric health and fitness; military and veterans' affairs; and hunger and homelessness.


WHO:             Capitals players Philipp Grubauer, Devante Smith-Pelly and head coach Barry Trotz, Mystics player Tayler Hill and head coach Mike Thibault


WHAT:          Holiday party for families adopted through the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Family-to-Family program

WHEN:          Friday, Dec. 15

5:30-7 p.m.


WHERE:       Kettler Capitals Iceplex

627 N. Glebe Road, 8th Floor

Arlington, VA 22203

*Media interested in attending are asked to notify Megan Eichenberg in the Capitals’ media relations department.