On April 1, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin played in his 1,000th NHL game. In honor of that milestone, the Great 8 has once again created another milestone off the ice.
On April 5th, EVERFI Inc. announced that it has partnered with Ovi to bring digital education opportunities to 1,000 Washington area students in honor of his 1,000 games.
“It was important for me to find a way to help kids learn more skills than hockey,” Ovechkin said in a press release from EVERFI. “EVERFI has great programs to teach kids all kinds of important skills to help them have the best life possible. I am very happy they will work with me to reach so many kids in the Washington area and hope we will do more together in the future.”
The program will kick off during the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and continue throughout the 2018-19 season.
The new program is another addition to the many programs Ovechkin has supported over the years, one of the most known being the American Special Hockey Association.
More information, via EVERFI, Inc.:
Today, leading education technology company EVERFI Inc. announced a new digital education partnership with Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin. In honor of Ovechkin’s 1,000th NHL game, the star forward has committed to providing digital education opportunities to 1,000 Washington, D.C. area students.
“It was important for me to find a way to help kids learn more skills than hockey,” said Ovechkin. “EVERFI has great programs to teach kids all kinds of important skills to help them have the best life possible. I am very happy they will work with me to reach so many kids in the Washington area and hope we will do more together in the future.”
The new partnership will focus on a series of critical skills learning opportunities that include digital citizenship, entrepreneurship and health and wellness for middle and high school students. Each of these digital courses will be embedded into school curriculums at no cost to students, families or school districts. Ovechkin and EVERFI are working together to identify students in Washington, D.C.’s Ward 7 and Ward 8 communities, as well as schools in Maryland and Virginia to participate in the program.
“Ovechkin has been an incredible leader on and off the ice for the Washington Capitals throughout his 1,000 NHL games,” said EVERFI Co-founder and Global Partnerships President Jon Chapman. “We’re incredibly excited to help him commemorate this tremendous milestone by providing this powerful educational initiative to students in the city we both proudly represent.”
Implementation of the program will start in schools as the Washington Capitals take part in the 2018 NHL playoffs and will continue during the 2018-2019 school year. As part of the program, Ovechkin will host students enrolled at the program at a future Capitals practice.
For the past four years, EVERFI has powered the NHL and NHLPA Future Goals Program, a digital education program that uses the game of hockey to teach students about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). In partnership with all 31 NHL franchises, the program has trained over 1.3 million students across North America.
EVERFI is the leading education technology company that provides learners of all ages education for the real world through innovative and scalable digital learning. Founded in 2008, EVERFI is fueled by its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) subscription model and has certified over 19 million learners in critical skill areas. Some of America’s leading CEOs and venture capital firms are EVERFI investors including Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, Twitter founder Evan Williams, TPG Growth, The Rise Fund, Advance Publications, and Rethink Education, and Rethink Impact. The EVERFI Education Network powers more than 4,300 partners in their education initiatives across all 50 states and Canada. Learn more at everfi.com.
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