Alex Ovechkin continued his busy summer on Thursday with a charity basketball game. He and other professional Russian athletes participated to raise money for the Kirilenko Fund, which supports children in need, including funding for orphanages, hospitals, and sports facilities. The fund is named after Ovechkin’s friend Andrei Kirilenko, a retired basketball player and the current commissioner of the Russian Basketball Federation.
Ovechkin has played in charity basketball games before. In 2016, it was for a team coached by his mother Tatyana. Ovechkin wears number 8 because of her. She won two Olympic golds with the Russian women’s basketball team, one world championship, and six European championships.
Although her son mostly displays his athletic skills on the ice, he’s not so bad on the court.