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Season of Giving

December 6, 2013
MSE Foundation, Hoops for Youth Foundation, and Wizards Players Unveil New Basketball Court for Ward 8 Youth

From the Wizards Press Release :

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. 



Horton_AfterThe before & after pictures say enough about this project.

Hundreds of kids use this court for recreational use each year and to see them now get to play on a fully paved and painted court, compared to what they had before, shows why these projects are so important.  Not only was it the court that was refurbished, but there were also lights installed so the kids can play at night.  A fence will go up soon blocking balls from trickling down the hill and going into the street, which will make this an even more enjoyable outdoor court to play on. 

The event itself was a hit, as Otto Porter and Jan Vesely were the stars of the evening.  They took countless photos with kids, their parents, and local members of the community.  

MSE majority owner Ted Leonsis also spoke at the podium and offered his thanks to all of the hard working people who made this possible. 

Projects like these take a lot of work from a lot of different groups coming together, but when the finished project benefits so many of DC's youths it makes it all worth it.    

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Martell Webster & Some's Pre-Thanksgiving Day Luncheon

From the Wizards Press Release:

Martell and Courtney Webster hosted a pre-thanksgiving luncheon courtesy of the Martell Webster Foundation for the residents of SOME (So Others Might Eat), an interfaith community-based organization. The luncheon took place at 350 50th Street, SE, Washington, D.C. The special catered meal was served by the Webster family and staff members of SOME. The foundation serves to cultivate a positive environment and create inspiring experiences for communities in need through academic and athletic learning opportunities, mentorship programs and providing motivational tools to help develop confidence and generate community involvement.

This was another great event put on by Webster and his family as they served a hot lunch for a great cause.

Webster arrived with his wife Courtney and their three daughters and had his entire family help serve the meal. Before serving, he held a prayer while holding hands with members of this faith-based organization. After serving chicken, corn, potatoes, and bread, Webster sat down at many of the tables and sparked up some interesting conversations. In typical Webster fashion, he was jubilant and outgoing and had many of the people there laughing at his quirkiness. But it was not a one way deal, as they had Webster laughing at some of their material as well. There were a lot of "coaches" in the crowd who had ideas for how the Wizards could improve and wanted to share their knowledge with Webster.

Another outstanding event with some great food and for a worthy cause. On their way out, Webster signed autographs for everyone in attendance, gave them each a bobblehead, and one gentleman asked for Webster's beanie hat right off his head. Webster obliged without hesitation and gave it away. 

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Wizards Thanksgiving Day Basket Assist with Chris Singleton

From the Wizards Press Release:

Chris Singleton, along with his L.E.A.G.U.E Foundation, purchased 200 Thanksgiving baskets that he distributed at the Grace Calloway Food Bank at Calvary located at 600 W Street, NE, Washington, D.C.

This is an event that the Wizards put on each year around Thanksgiving. Last year, it was Trevor Ariza who hosted the event, but this season the role was given to third-year forward Chris Singleton.

A few days before the event took place, many of the Wizards wives and significant others went to the Food Bank to prepare the baskets to be given away. 



Singleton then handed out all of the bags in the cold weather to many deserving families before Thanksgiving.  Without the help of all of these parties involved, there would be a lot of bare plates for the holiday.  It's acts like these that can mean so much during this season of giving.  

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Sequoia Cruise with Wounded Warriors

From the Wizards Press Release:

Wizards players Chris Singleton, Glen Rice and Kevin Seraphin as well as Capitals players Michael Latta, Steven Oleksy, Nate Schmidt, Alexander Urbom, Tom Wilson and NASCAR driver Kurt Busch went on an afternoon cruise with wounded warriors on the Sequoia.

This was a new event that became available for the Monumental family to take part in and allowed the organization to show their continued support for wounded warriors.

The players listed above joined NASCAR driver Kurt Busch on the Presidential Yacht for a cruise on the Sequoia with wounded warriors and their families. The yacht is a national historic landmark and has been serving presidents since 1925.


Food For Families

From the Wizards Press Release:

The Wizards, Mystics and Capitals hosted their annual canned food drive in partnership with NBC-4’s Food for Families initiative at Verizon Center. Otto Porter and Joel Ward served as spokespeople for the Food for Families drive this season.

Another event hosted annually, this is a community event sponsored by all of the Monumental teams and is a great way to give back to the community. Players, coaches, and staff were outside for the entire day collecting canned goods and monetary donations to help feed the hungry during this season of giving.

Mystics head coach Mike Thibault and his son, assistant coach Eric Thibault, were actively involved with not only making donations but also organizing and distributing food.

Wizards head coach Randy Wittman went out to make a donation after practice had ended and then the Wizards' Otto Porter and the Caps' Joel Ward, along with each team's mascot, were on hand to present a check for $10,000 on behalf of the MSE Foundation.

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