Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Washington Wizards and Capitals players deliver Christmas to our families!

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Following practice, a whole crew of Wizards and Capitals players, Red Rockers and Wizgirl cheerleaders, sports media and more piled onto a bus and spent the afternoon of Wednesday December 11 delivering Christmas presents. 

(Update: See video from Comcast Sportsnet and Monumental Entertainment covering the event!) 

Two of their stops were for families being served at Catholic Charities. The families were in shock as players bounded into the room bearing armfuls of gifts.

The Wizards players of John Wall, Nene, Martell Webster, Trevor Ariza and Trevor Booker joined Washington Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom, Eric Fehr, Mike Green, Steve Oleksy and Joel Ward. 

Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld, Washington Mystics head coach Mike Thibault, Wizards mascot G-Wiz, Wizard Girls and Capitals mascot Slapshot and Red Rockers also joined the group. 

"We couldn't believe it, I didn't think it was real. Then a bus pulled up and suddenly my apartment is filled with all of these athletes. I can't believe John Wall was here!," said one of the families' father, Darion. 

Wherever they went, the players hugged the families, talked with the kids and parents, signed autographs and of course left behind a room filled with wrapped Christmas gifts. 

Check out some photos: 

All of the players delivered gifts to each family.

Wizards' Trevor Booker comes bearing gifts.

Washington Capitals star center Niklas Backstrom.

Wizards Nene and Martell Webster getting to know
one of the children who received gifts.

Wizards' Nene poses with a young man whose family is being
helped at Catholic Charities.