Not every trip to Capitol Hill is an enjoyable one. But earlier in the week I attended the Congressional Hockey Caucus, where we granted the inaugural NHL/Thurgood Marshall College Fund scholarships to two deserving young men, one of whom is a member of the Fort Dupont Cannons hockey team. The briefing focused on the growth and safety of our game, a featured NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, USA Hockey executive director Dave Ogrean and several members of Congress.
But the highlight for me was introducing scholarship-winner Donnie Shaw III, a senior at The Field School. He’s an impressive young man who has a resume full of academic and athletic accomplishments as well as community service projects. In addition to hockey, he has competed in track & field, basketball, football, baseball, soccer and swimming. Somehow he managed to fit in being a lifeguard, a ceramic artist and an aspiring pilot. My favorite, however, was that he parlayed an international trip into volunteering at a local school and clinic in Peru’s Amazon Jungle; he’s a student-athlete-philanthropist.
The Congressional Hockey Challenge charity game, a face-off between members of Congress against lobbyists, helps to raise funds for the scholarship program. The fifth-annual game will be played Saturday, April 27, at Verizon Center at 1:30 p.m. For more information about the game, click here. The Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation pledges $10,000 to this year’s scholarship fund, and for additional information on our local hockey outreach, visit the Capitals website.