HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ALEX !!!
ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, who turns 22 on Sept. 17, will celebrate his birthday with a group of his teammates by volunteering at Shaw Junior High School in Northwest Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Ovechkin, his teammates, students from the school and staff from both the Washington Capitals and Serve DC, in the Executive Office of the Mayor will be painting and performing grounds maintenance from 1:30-3:15 p.m.
The event will start with a birthday cake and the distribution of commemorative Ovechkin T-shirts to students and volunteers before everyone is divided into groups to begin work.
WHO: Alex Ovechkin, select Capitals teammates and staff
Serve DC – Executive Office of the Mayor staff
Shaw Junior High School students
WHAT: Painting the school’s interior recreation area and lockers
Grounds work including planting flower beds and mulching
WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 18
1:30 to 3:15 p.m.
WHERE: Shaw Junior High School
925 Rhode Island Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001
This is the latest in a series of community initiatives Ovechkin has participated in since arriving in Washington in 2005-06. The 2006 Calder Trophy winner as the NHL’s top rookie, Ovechkin purchases eight season tickets to Capitals games in his “Crazy 8s” section that he donates to needy children or members of the military through Most Valuable Kids. He has also supported both Athletes Against Autism and Right To Play with generous contributions, both financial and of his time.
Update from Dump and Chase Sep 18, 2007
Tuesday’s event was a service project in honor of Alex Ovechkin’s 22nd birthday, which was Monday. Immediately after Tuesday’ practice at the K-Plex, Ovechkin, Sutherby, Nicklas Backstrom, Matt Bradley, Donald Brashear and Mike Green drove over to Shaw to help students and a handful of Caps staffers and Serve DC, in the Executive Office of the Mayor in a beautification project at the school. Everyone was clad in red t-shirts bearing Ovechkin’s name and his familiar No. 8 on the back.
With dozens of hands — large and small — doing the work, the courtyard area in front of the school was awash in color within an hour. Flowers and plants were planted in rich new soil and mulch was added. The kids worked alongside the players, asking them questions about hockey as they did. Even the players wore Ovechkin t-shirts; Ovechkin completed his look with Dolce & Gabbana (what else?) track pants and sandals. It was quite a sight to see dozens of identically shirted people buzzing around the courtyard on a mission of beautification.
The players signed the kids’ shirts as they worked beneath the brilliant sunlight. Once the work was completed, Ovechkin cut two large birthday cakes, one with his likeness emblazoned on top and the other with the Caps’ new logo. One of the playful youths smeared some cake on the Caps’ left wing, and then the third-year pro was treated to a loud and rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday” before he and his teammates passed out slices of cake to the red-shirted horde.