On Wednesday, Capitals players Nicklas Backstrom, Braden Holtby, and Tom Wilson will participate in a nutrition and fitness program at Barnard Elementary School in Washington DC. The event is hosted by the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington. The Capitals are joining the event as part of So Kids Can. Local radio personality Elliot Segal from the Elliot in the Morning show will also be joining the players.
A major part of the initiative is helping to teach local families how to cook healthy meals on a budget. Backstrom, Wilson, and Holtby will join 30 kids in fitness activities, and following that, will join their parents in a cooking demonstration that uses foods learned about during their kids’ session.
Through So Kids Can, Backstrom, Wilson, Holtby, and Segal are raising money this season for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington. For every regular season win, $50 will be donated. During the playoffs, that number doubles to $100. The charity was founded in 2008 by Elliot Segal and former Capital Mike Green.
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As part of their So Kids Can initiative, Capitals players Nicklas Backstrom, Braden Holtby and Tom Wilson, along with Elliot Segal from the Elliot in the Morning Show, will participate in the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington, DC, family nutrition and fitness program on Wednesday, Jan. 3, at 6 p.m. at Barnard Elementary School in Washington, D.C.
A key element of the program is teaching local parents how to cook healthy meals on a budget. From 6:30-7:30 p.m., the players and Segal will join 30 children in fitness activities, and from 7:30-8 p.m., they will join the parents in actively cooking the foods learned about during the session.
During the 2017-18 season Backstrom, Holtby, Segal and Wilson are raising money for Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington, DC, and the KIDS Mobile Medical Clinic/Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® (KMMC/RMCM) through So Kids Can. Each player and Segal are donating $50 per Capitals win during the regular season and will donate $100 per Capitals win during the playoffs.
In partnership with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, the KMMC/RMCM is a “doctor’s office on wheels” that provides improved access to quality health care where children need it most – in their community. Children under the age of 21 are eligible for care, whether or not they have medical insurance. Free health care services include: primary care, newborn exams, well child visits, immunizations, ophthalmic exams, and nutritional counseling, as well as social services and mental health consultations.
Year to date, the KMMC/RMCM has provided nearly 1,200 patient visits to kids in underserved neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. The program is unique in its holistic approach to providing health care, delivering not only comprehensive primary care but preventive care through education and advocacy.
So Kids Can was created in 2008 by former Capitals defenseman Mike Green and Elliot Segal to benefit youth-focused, nonprofit organizations. Backstrom and former Caps forward Brooks Laich joined the cause in 2011, former Caps defenseman Karl Alzner and Holtby joined in 2015 and Wilson joined in 2017. To date, So Kids Can has donated more than $350,000 to charity. Most recently, the 2016-17 So Kids Campaign raised $30,267.88 for Martha’s Table
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