Over the weekend, Alex Ovechkin brought his sick handles and gold number 8 necklace to the basketball court for a good cause. The Russian machine participated in the Step Forward Foundation’s charity basketball game for the second year in a row to help raise money for kids with cerebral palsy. The game was held at Moscow’s Dynamo Palace of Sports.
Ovechkin captained the green team, which was named “Together We Are Brighter” and coached by two-time Olympic gold medalist and his mother, Tatyana Ovechkina.
The pair led Team Green to a 76-71 victory. Look at that sweet (left handed) shooting by Ovi.
— Alexander Chernykh (@chernykh) May 31, 2016
“We are here for one purpose – to support children in difficult life situations and to show that the fund, which is headed by Gosha Kutsenko, provides a very noble work,” Kremlin Chief of Staff Sergei Ivanov (sanctioned in 2014) said. “We all gathered in this game not because of some kind of order but because of pure heart’s call, to make a contribution. And in fact, to prove that in Russia we treat carefully such difficult situations. We wish you all the best, we are happy to do best for you, including on the basketball floor!”
Former NBA player Andrei Kirilenko played on the yellow team. He now currently serves as the commissioner of the Russian Basketball Federation.
Additional reporting and translations by Olga Fedorova.
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