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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Members of the Wizards and Mystics staff volunteered at the Calvary Food Bank to help prepare food baskets for D.C. families this Thanksgiving.
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.
Members of the Wizards and Mystics staff made and delivered 'Boo Boxes' for the children of Kimball Elementary School.
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.