Washington Capitals forward Matt Hendricks, mascot Slapshot and more than 120 Capitals fans will volunteer their time on Saturday, Aug. 20, at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in Washington, D.C., as part of the D.C. Public Schools’ (DCPS) annual Beautification Day. This is the third-straight year the Capitals have participated in the DCPS Beautification Day.
Hendricks and the rest of the volunteers will be undertaking a variety of projects to prepare Thurgood Marshall Elementary for the school year including painting murals, classrooms and exterior doors, putting together a robotics table for their robotics program, helping teachers organize classrooms, creating a garden, weeding and pruning and cleaning the amphitheater.
John Marshall, son of Thurgood Marshall, will also be in attendance to help out on Saturday. In addition, Marshall will come out to the school during the school year to talk to the students about his career and his father’s legacy. Marshall grew up a Caps fan and loved playing hockey in Washington, D.C., at Fort Dupont Ice Arena. His love for hockey continued as he attended college at Georgetown University where he played on the club-level team and continues to play recreationally today.
Wes Johnson, the Caps public address announcer, will emcee the event. Lunch will be donated by Front Page, Arlington along with gift cards for the volunteers.
Hendricks, 30, recently completed his first season with the Capitals. He ranked tied for third on the team with three game-winning goals and set career highs in games played (77), assists (16), points (25) and penalty minutes (110). Hendricks signed as a free agent on Sept. 27, 2010.
WHO: Washington Capitals forward Matt Hendricks, mascot Slapshot, public address announcer Wes Johnson, Thurgood Marshall’s son John Marshall and more than 120 Capitals fans
WHAT: Beautification projects as part of D.C. Public Schools’ annual Beautification Day
WHEN: Saturday, August 20
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
WHERE: Thurgood Marshall Elementary School
3100 Fort Lincoln Drive, NE
Washington, DC 20018
Parking is available in the parking lot behind the school located on Commodore Joshua Barney Drive.