FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 13, 2018
MEDIA ADVISORY ** PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
Capitals To Introduce DCPS Students to Skating March 14-19 At Fort Dupont Ice Arena
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals will teach DC Public Schools (DCPS) students how to skate at Fort Dupont Ice Arena in Washington, D.C., from Wednesday, March 14 through Monday, March 19.
Participants include fifth and eighth grade students from 30 DCPS schools. More than 1,200 students are expected to participate. On Thursday, March 15, fifth-grade students also will participate in street hockey activities at Fort Dupont.
The initiative is part of a partnership between the Capitals and DCPS that launched in 2016, when the Capitals began to introduce hockey to more than 48,000 students across 111 schools through a multi-week street-hockey curriculum. The programming was funded primarily by the National Hockey League’s Industry Growth Fund (IGF) and became a core unit in the physical education curriculum.
Since 2016, the Capitals have provided each elementary, middle, and high school P.E. teacher in the city with hockey skills training from the Washington Capitals community relations and youth hockey staff. In addition, the team provided schools with a full set of branded street hockey equipment specifically designed for their students’ age group.
The Capitals and DCPS also developed a curriculum for teachers to use in the street hockey program based on the USA Hockey American Development Model. The Fort Dupont event marks the next phase of the initiative, which is transitioning from street hockey to ice hockey.
Fort Dupont Ice Arena is the only full-size indoor ice arena in Washington, D.C., and the Cannons are the oldest minority youth hockey program in North America and the oldest ice hockey program that is a member of the Hockey is for Everyone™ initiative. The program's goal is to teach young people discipline, self-esteem and a sense of purpose and to offer an incentive to excel academically
WHO: The Washington Capitals and DC Public Schools
WHAT: Introducing DCPS students to skating - more than 1,200 students are expected to participate.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 14 through Monday, March 19 (Contact Megan Eichenberg with Capitals PR for coverage opportunities, including live shots)
WHERE: Fort Dupont Ice Arena
3779 Ely Pl SE
Washington, DC 20016
CREDENTIALS: Contact Megan Eichenberg in the Capitals media relations department to confirm attendance.