Hockey Players Score for Kids at Inn
Four members of the Washington Capitals hockey team have pledged to contribute $100 each for every point earned by their team this season to a fund benefitting the Children's Inn at NIH and Children's Hospital in Washington, D.C. They have also secured corporate and personal contributions for each point, raising the per-point total to $864. Organizers hope to boost that total to $1,000 per point by season's end. (Points, for those unacquainted with the game, are not goals. In the National Hockey League, a team receives 2 points for a win and 1 point for a tie over the course of an 82-game season.)
"Scoring for Children!" started with two players, center Michal Pivonka, a native of the Czech Republic, and right wing Peter Bondra, born in the Ukraine but reared in Czechoslovakia. They have since enlisted teammates Calle Johansson and Sylvain Cote. They have established a benchmark of 80 points as a minimum donation following last season's performance in which the Caps registered 91 points.
Unfortunately, the team isn't matching the success of last year's squad. "We wish the team were doing better this year," said a spokesman for the charity.
There is still time to support the program, which ends Apr. 13 at the conclusion of the regular season. Call (703) 724-9098 for more information.
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