The Capitals, Wizards and Mystics participated in the the annual D.C. Public Schools Beautification Day event on Saturday, volunteering at Neval Thomas Elementary School in Northeast Washington.
Troy Brouwer and Nicklas Backstrom from the Caps, Wizard Glen Rice Jr. and recent Mystic Jessica Moore participated in the event with Monumental Sports and Entertainment, helping other volunteers landscape the grounds and paint the school’s hallways.
Brouwer was tasked with painting the Caps weagle logo in the cafeteria, but suddenly found himself stumped. “What color is the eye?” he asked, and was told it was blue.
“I don’t look at the logo, I don’t study it, I just play for it,” Brouwer joked, adding that he honestly didn’t know the color and wanted to double check before ruining the mural with the wrong paint.
This was Brouwer’s first time performing community service with the Caps. “These events are a lot of fun, because you can get out into the community and it makes you feel like you’re doing something worthwhile,” he said. “Everyone has been very nice and very energetic about coming out.”
This year marked the first time Monumental Sports had each of its teams represented at the Beautification Day event. Former Cap Mike Ribeiro participated with his family last year.
“It’s such a fun thing to do, such a good cause,” Brouwer said. “You don’t have to twist people’s arms or you don’t have to try and make people come out to these events. They want to come out and help.”
See more photos from the event on Caps Outsider.