Posted on December 11, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Dec. 11 Washington Capitals players Nicklas Backstrom, Eric Fehr, Mike Green, Steve Oleksy and Joel Ward and Wizards Players Trevor Ariza, Trevor Booker, Nene, John Wall and Martell Webster along with Mystics head coach Mike Thibault delivered gifts to four underserved families in Washington, D.C., as part of Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) Foundation's Family-to-Family program.

2013 is the third year that all three MSE sports teams collaborated on the initiative, which the Wizards created 17 years ago. The program allows the Capitals, Mystics and Wizards to "adopt" families in need. This holiday season 20 families were adopted through the program.

Joined by the Wizard Girls, Wizards mascot G-Wiz, Capitals mascot Slapshot and Red Rockers, the Capitals, Wizards and Mystics players and staff spent the afternoon delivering gifts to families located in northeast and southeast Washington, D.C.

"I love taking part in the Family-to-Family initiative," said Wall. "Being able to bring happiness to those families during the holidays makes the season even more special."

"The Family-to-Family program is a great way to give back to the community, especially during the holiday season," said Ward. "The families were excited to see us, and we're fortunate to be able to assist them."

The teams will continue to spread holiday cheer with the remaining families at the Family-to-Family Holiday Party on Friday, Dec. 13, from 5-7 p.m. on the Wizards practice court at Verizon Center.

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation supports the charitable efforts of the professional teams under its umbrella: the Washington Capitals, Mystics and Wizards. MSE Foundation is committed to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and focuses on the following five pillars to maximize its impact on the community: education and scholarship, hunger and homelessness, military and veterans' affairs, pediatric health and fitness and youth basketball and hockey. In 2013 MSE Foundation, along with the Leonsis Foundation, will donate more than $1.5 million to local charities. More than $1 million has been donated to date.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Washington Wizards guard John Wall (left) and Wizards forward Trevor Booker (right) deliver holiday gifts to a family's Washington, D.C., residence on Dec. 11. This year the Capitals, Mystics and Wizards adopted 20 families for the holidays through Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation's Family-to-Family program.

PHOTO CAPTION: Washington Capitals forwards Eric Fehr (left) and Joel Ward (right) deliver Christmas gifts to a family in Washington, D.C., as part of Monumental Sports and Entertainment Foundation's Family-to-Family initiative.

PHOTO CAPTION: Washington Mystics coach Mike Thibault delivers holiday presents to a family’s residence in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 11. This year the Capitals, Mystics and Wizards adopted 20 families for the holidays and delivered gifts to four residences.

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December 11, 2013

The Wizards return to Verizon Center for practice after a day off. The focus now is on a matchup with the Atlanta Hawks on Friday Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. The Wizards head down to Atlanta for the second of four meetings this season, having won the first game 108-101 in DC on 11/30. Atlanta currently holds an 11-11 record after falling to Oklahoma City last night. The Wizards are 9-11 coming off of a loss to Denver this past Monday. Comcast SportsNet Plus will be providing television coverage and audio coverage will be provided by WFED-AM 1500 / WWFD 820 AM / Wizards Radio Network.