Last year, Nicklas Backstrom, Tom Wilson, and Braden Holtby delivered laptops and tablets to the students of Hendley Elementary, a public school in DC’s Ward 8, on behalf of So Kids Can. But that wasn’t the end of their visit to the school.
On Friday, the trio returned to Hendley to surprise the students with something that will have a vital impact on its young students: a completely renovated gym.
Prior to this year, the school’s gym was an empty room with no speakers, scoreboard, or bleachers. They weren’t able to host sporting events and the school’s basketball team had to play every game on the road. But now, with their new gym, the Hendley basketball team can feel what it’s like to have home court advantage and to have a home crowd cheering for them.
“It wasn’t really a gym before,” said one of the young students. “Now I see you can turn nothing into something.”