Like many professional athletes, National Hockey League players have a long-standing tradition of supporting charities and other important causes in their communities, and NHL member clubs are constant in their quest to help local schools, hospitals, and charitable organizations. In recognition of this dedication, the NHL Foundation annually awards $25,000 to a current player's charity that embodies the core values of the NHL -- commitment, perseverance and teamwork -- to enrich the lives of people in his community.
Three finalists have been selected and the winner will be announced at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas on June 23. If Green wins, he will be the second Washington Capital to earn this award since Olie Kolzig won in 2001.
Mike Green (Defenseman) - Washington Capitals
Dustin Brown (Forward) - Los Angeles Kings
Ryan Miller (Goalie) - Buffalo Sabres
Congratulations Mike Green!
Please keep doing this important work.
According to Caps website:
Green has been a participant in Miracle on Seventh Street, hosted by the Rock Bottom Foundation, since 2006. He wasn’t content simply donating his time on Christmas and Thanksgiving Day, so in 2007 he decided to also work with the Children’s Law Center’s Adopt a Family Christmas Drive to adopt a Washington, D.C., family and to provide them with gifts during the holidays. In 2008 and 2009, Green partnered with Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities Family EMPOWERment Center, allowing him to deliver gifts to his adopted family in person and to spend part of the day with them. His actions led to the Capitals organization adopting 25 families in 2009 through the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program.
Green is also the co-founder of So Kids Can, a fundraising initiative that benefits a different youth-focused non-profit organization each year. He donates $100 for every goal he scores and $50 for each assist and the figures are doubled during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
In last year’s inaugural season, So Kids Can raised nearly $30,000 for Pediatric Prosthetics, Inc., an organization that helps families throughout the U.S. that have children who have lost a limb or have a congenital limb deficiency. The Washington, D.C., community has embraced the
charity as well. During the summer of 2009, Papa John’s promotional campaign raised $45,000 before the season even started for this year’s selected organization, Children’s National Medical Center. Green serves as a sports ambassador for The Children’s Inn at the National Institute of Health to help raise funds and awareness for the organization, which serves as a home for families with children who are seriously ill. Through his Green’s Gang initiative, he donates seven tickets to every Capitals home game to soldiers and their families or to children who would otherwise be unable to attend.