Community News

MSE Foundation & Telos Corporation Donate More than $30,000 to TAPS

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation and Telos Corporation joined forces this past November for the inaugural Washington Wizards Courage Program. Hats with the word “Courage” written in the Wizards’ wordmark were sold with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). Press Release

Flashes of Hope

Washington Capitals forward Jason Chimera and Wizards center Marcin Gortat participated in a Flashes of Hope photo shoot on the Hematology/Oncology Care Unit at Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 24. Flashes of Hope is a national nonprofit organization that changes the way children with cancer and other life threatening illnesses see themselves through the gift of photography. Nearly 20 families were photographed during the session with the goal of helping children feel better about their changing appearance. Video Recap | Press Release | Photos

MSE Foundation MLK Day Project

Washington Bullets alumnus Bob Dandridge, Capitals Hall-of-Famer Rod Langway and Washington, D.C., mayor Vincent C. Gray participated in a MLK Day of Service project hosted by Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation and Playworks Washington, D.C., at West Education Campus in northwest D.C. on Monday, Jan. 20. They were joined by 50 Capitals, Mystics and Wizards fans who took part in tasks that included painting murals, organizing the library and assembling and painting benches. The murals were generously created and donated by Susan Schwerin, who has created murals for MSE Foundation at multiple schools throughout the District of Columbia. Read More | Photos | Video

Capitals, Mystics and Wizards Participate in Family-to-Family Initiative

On Dec. 11 Washington Capitals players Nicklas Backstrom, Eric Fehr, Mike Green, Steve Oleksy and Joel Ward and Wizards Players Trevor Ariza, Trevor Booker, Nene, John Wall and Martell Webster along with Mystics head coach Mike Thibault delivered gifts to four underserved families in Washington, D.C., as part of Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) Foundation’s Family-to-Family program. This year marks the third consecutive year that all three MSE sports teams collaborated on the initiative, which the Wizards created 17 years ago. The program allows the Capitals, Mystics and Wizards to “adopt” families in need. This holiday season 20 families were adopted through the program. Read More | Photos | Video | Blog

MSE Foundation, Hoops for Youth Foundation and Wizards Players Unveil New Basketball Court for Ward 8 Youth

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation and Hoops for Youth Foundation collaborated to provide a new outdoor basketball court for Horton’s Kids, a local nonprofit that provides education and enrichment programs to young people in Washington D.C.’s Ward 8. The unveiling of the new court took place as part of a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Horton’s Kids Community Resource Center in the Wellington Park neighborhood in Southeast D.C. The new court replaced a concrete-paved one and will benefit the children of Washington, D.C.’s, Ward 8. Read More | Photos | Video

WIZARDS CARES CELEBRATES THANKSGIVING SEASON

The Washington Wizards and their players will celebrate the Thanksgiving season with Wizards Cares events to assist the underserved community in the metropolitan area. Read More

WOUNDED WARRIORS & TAPS FAMILIES ATTEND WIZARDS PRACTICE IN CELEBRATION OF COURAGE PROGRAM AND NBA CARES

The Washington Wizards hosted wounded warriors from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as well as families from Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) at Verizon Center on Nov. 7. The visit was part of the launch of Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation’s Wizards Courage Program presented by Telos Corporation and NBA Cares Hoops for Troops Veterans Day initiative. Read More | Photos

MSE Foundation to Assist in Court Refurbishment

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation has partnered with the Hoops for Youth Foundation to help refurbish a basketball court at Horton’s Kids that will be unveiled later this year. The community center located in Ward 8 currently hosts the only basketball court for kids in that community. “We are excited about this new relationship with Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation,” stated chairman of the Hoops For Youth Foundation Paul Miller. “Their commitment to the kids of D.C. and to rebuilding this court is so important to the lives of these kids. This court represents another opportunity for them to use the skills they develop on this court in the classroom and their daily lives.” Read More

Clinic at Dunbar High School

As the Wizards prepared to face the New York Knicks in the Baltimore Basketball Classic on Oct. 17 at Baltimore Arena, the team hosted a basketball clinic for students at Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior High School. The clinic was conducted by Baltimore native and Dunbar High school alumnus Sam Cassell. He will be joined by Wizards players Bradley Beal and Garrett Temple as well as Assistant Coach Ryan Saunders, Player Development Coach (and Baltimore native) Joe Connelly and Wizards/Bullets Alumni Association members Mike Riordan and Larry Stewart. Riordan played six seasons with the Bullets, including two in Baltimore (1971-72 and 1972-73, where he was the team’s fourth-leading scorer at 18.1 ppg), while Stewart spent four years with the team (1991-95) after starring at Coppin State in Baltimore. Also attending was Baltimore Arena/SMG General Manager Frank Remesch. Read More | Photos

The Salvation Army’s Back-to-School Shopping

Twenty-two Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) staff members participated in The Salvation Army’s Back-to-School Shopping event on Wednesday, July 16, at Target in Hyattsville, Md. MSE staff members were paired with local students in need to help them shop for school supplies, shoes and other must-have, back-to-school items. The 25 children ranged from kindergarten to high-school students and each had a shopping list of the supplies required for the upcoming school year. Target provided each student with an $80 gift card. Read More | Photos

KaBOOM! Playground Design Day with Bradley Beal

Students at Eagle Academy Public Charter School will be seeing red, white and blue this fall as the Monumental Sports and Entertainment (MSE) Foundation has joined forces with KaBOOM! to build a playground themed around the Capitals, Wizards and Mystics for the Washington, D.C., school. While the playground will not be built until Sept. 26, Wizards guard Bradley Beal and members of the KaBOOM! design team met with children from the school on Tuesday, July 9, to brainstorm ideas and concepts. Read More | Photos | Video

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation Donates $50,000 to Playworks Washington D.C.

Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) announced Tuesday the formation of a partnership between Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation and Playworks Washington D.C., through which MSE Foundation will provide a $50,000 grant and programming to the organization for the 2013-14 school year. More: Press Release | Photos | Video

Mystery Mini-Basketball Recap

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation raised $3,550 through its first Mystery Mini-Basketball fundraiser that took place at Verizon Center during the Wizards game against the Indiana Pacers on April 6. The fundraiser featured more than 100 mini-basketballs signed by various Wizards players that sold for $30 each. Read More

NBA Family Tips off 2013 with NBA Fit Live Healthy Week

The NBA family today tips off its NBA FIT Live Healthy Week, which will run through Feb. 1. During the week, the entire NBA family – led by the NBA/WNBA FIT Team – will join celebrity chefs, community members, and partners to highlight the importance of healthy living.

The 2013 NBA FIT Team includes Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors), Tyson Chandler (New York Knicks), Goran Dragic (Phoenix Suns), Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves), Wesley Matthews (Portland Trail Blazers), Chandler Parsons (Houston Rockets), and John Wall (Washington Wizards). NBA FIT Live Healthy Week will feature grassroots programs and events, special oncourt apparel, and in-arena and online programming designed to inspire kids and families across the country to live active, healthy lives. Throughout the week, NBA and NBA Development League players will wear special oncourt attire, including adidas NBA FIT shooting shirts and blue headbands and wristbands. The adidas shooting shirts will be available at NBAStore.com and the NBA Store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. Release

Salute to the Stars

The Washington Wizards and J&G Steakhouse kicked off the NBA Cares Week of Service with their annual ‘Salute to the Stars’ event to honor our service men and women on Monday, October 22, at 11:30 am at J&G Steakhouse at the W in Washington DC.

Serving as celebrity waiters were players John Wall, Bradley Beal, Emeka Okafor, Jordan Crawford and Shelvin Mack. Team broadcaster and Wizards Bullets alumni association member Phil Chenier, Assistant Coach Sam Cassell, Wizards Executive Vice President of Business Operations Greg Bibb and the Wizard Girls also participated in the festivities. Release | Video | Photos

Staff Volunteer at A-SPAN Emergency Winter Shelter

MSE at DC Central Kitchen

Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) staff members and Capitals Hall of Famer Rod Langway assisted DC Central Kitchen employees with morning meal prep on Monday, Aug. 27, in Washington, D.C., during MSE’s second summer service project. Throughout the session 40 MSE employees transformed 3,000 pounds of leftover food into 5,000 meals for 100 area homeless shelters, transitional homes and nonprofit organizations in Washington, D.C. Photos | Release | Video

Operation USO Care Package

Capitals Hall-of-Fame alumnus Rod Langway and Bullets alumni Bob Dandridge, Jack Marin and Larry Stewart participated alongside 40 Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) staff members, Caps mascot Slapshot, several Wizards Girls and 25 USO-Metro volunteers in an Operation USO Care Package event on Wednesday, July 11, at the USO Warehouse in Fort Belvoir, Va. Langway, Dandridge, Marin, Stewart, Slapshot, the Wizards Girls and MSE employees volunteered with a mix of civilians, active duty military members and military spouses and children to assemble military family care packages that service members who are deploying will send home to their families. Photos | Release

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Staff Participate in Everybody Wins! DC Power Lunch Program

This school year 20 staff members from Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) participated in the Everybody Wins! DC Power Lunch program, a literacy and mentoring program based in select elementary schools in the Washington metropolitan area. The goal of Power Lunch is to encourage children’s interest in reading, expand their opportunities for success and facilitate meaningful volunteer contributions. Read More

2012 Pioneer Award Presented by Amtrak


Washington Wizards and Amtrak to Recognize Three Community Leaders in Honor of Black History Month

Black History Month, a remembrance of important people and events in African-American history, has been celebrated annually in the United States during the month of February since 1976.

In celebration of Black History Month, the Pioneer Award was created by the Washington Wizards and Amtrak to recognize African Americans within the Washington, DC community, who through hard work and dedication, have positively impacted the communities in which they live. During halftime of the Wizards vs. Magic game on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, the Wizards and Amtrak will recognize this year's recipients: Dr. Betty Jo Gaines, Executive Director at Bright Beginnings, Inc.; Natalie Randolph, Head Coach of the Coolidge High School varsity football team; and Neal Henderson, Founder of the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club. All three recipients are pioneers in their own right, and their ongoing contributions continue to enrich the Washington, DC community.

"We are excited to join forces with Amtrak to present these deserving individuals with the Pioneer Award," stated Washington Wizards Executive Vice President Greg Bibb. "They have distinguished themselves and provided an outstanding example by improving our community and we are proud to honor them for their efforts."

Wizards Partner with Special Olympics


Five Wizards players (Jordan Crawford, Nick Young, Andray Blatche, Chris Singleton and Rashard Lewis) spent time at St. Coletta of Greater Washington, as they took part in a Special Olympics basketball game to support the Special Olympics' fourth annual "Spread the Word to End the Word" awareness day. Photos

Read Across America


Wizards center JaVale McGee and Bullets/Wizards alumni member Bob Dandridge read to students at the Marie Reed School to celebrate Read Across America day. Blog

Family to Family


On Dec. 19 Washington Capitals players Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson, Mike Green, Brooks Laich and Joel Ward, Washington Mystics player Monique Currie and Washington Wizards players Jordan Crawford, Shelvin Mack, Hamady Ndiaye and John Wall delivered Christmas presents to three underserved families in Washington, D.C., as part of Monumental Sports & Entertainment's (MSE) Family-to-Family program.

This is the first year that all three MSE sports teams collaborated on the Family-to-Family program, which the Wizards created 15 years ago. The program allows the Caps, Mystics and Wizards to "adopt" families in need who are nominated by local schools and nonprofit organizations. This holiday season more than 20 families were adopted by the teams' charities, individual players and staff members. Photos | Wizards Minute

Wizards Staff Volunteer at Calvary Food Bank


Members of the Wizards and Mystics staff volunteered at the Calvary Food Bank to help prepare food baskets for D.C. families this Thanksgiving.

Food 4 Families


Wizards staff teamed up with NBC 4's Food 4 Families to help provide a basket of food for a Thanksgiving meal to families in need.

Wizards Staff Deliver Boo Boxes


Members of the Wizards and Mystics staff made and delivered 'Boo Boxes' for the children of Kimball Elementary School.

Wizards Staff Volunteer at Capital Area Food Bank


This September, Wizards staff members volunteered their morning at the Capital Area Food Bank to help bag lunches for children in need. Over 600 bagged lunches were prepared to be distributed amongst youths throughout Washington D.C. This initiative is a small way the Wizards are able to give back to their supportive community.