Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green was honored at the 10th annual Sneakerball, hosted by the Greater Washington Sports Alliance in September when he was awarded the James Brown Impact Award. The award honors a player who has used sport to positively impact the area through his or her commitment and compassion for Washington, D.C., through community service.
Currently in his ninth season with the Capitals, Green has devoted many hours of community and charitable service for a variety of organizations in need. He created the “So Kids Can” program with DC 101’s Elliot Segal to benefit youth-focused nonprofit organizations. To date, “So Kids Can” has donated nearly $250,000 to charity. Green has also participated in a number of other community initiatives. In 2008, Green started Green’s Gang, which provides underserved children, recuperating injured soldiers and active military and their families an opportunity to attend a Washington Capitals game at the Verizon Center, along with a chance to meet Green after the game.
When Green received the award at the Sneakerball he commented, “It is an honor to receive the James Brown Impact Award. I’ve been fortunate to be involved with several projects that have given back to the Washington, D.C., community, and I look forward to another season giving back to those in need through service.”
Mike Green exemplifies what PPI is all about. He is a positive role model and leader to youth, not just in the DC area, but also to kids and hockey fans around the world. He also helps to unite, educate and inspire young people from different backgrounds and communities through hockey.