ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals forward Joel Ward will visit Fort Dupont Ice Arena on Monday, Feb. 18 from 6-7:30 p.m. to join 60 children from the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club and the Kids on Ice program in an on-ice clinic.
The session will be led by Neal Henderson, Fort Dupont ice hockey director. Henderson founded the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club in 1978 as a developmental program that provides local and inner-city youth in Washington, D.C., the opportunity to participate in an organized ice hockey program. It is the oldest minority hockey program in the United States. The program's goal is to teach young people discipline, self-esteem, a sense of purpose and to offer an incentive to excel academically.
Monday will mark the second consecutive season Ward has visited the arena to participate with children in a clinic. The event is held in conjunction with the Capitals celebration of Hockey is for Everyone™ Month, a league wide initiative that offers children of all backgrounds opportunities to play hockey and leverages the sport as a catalyst to teach essential life skills and the core values of hockey: commitment, perseverance and teamwork.
The home rink of the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club, the Fort Dupont Ice Arena, is situated on National Park Service land and operated by Friends of Fort Dupont Ice Arena, a nonprofit organization. The arena is the only public, indoor ice rink in the city of Washington and provides skating instruction and classroom activities free of charge, or at highly affordable rates.