First of all, I had no idea Mike Green did so much charity work.
Second, I forgot that the NHL Foundation Player Award existed… The NHL website gives a short description of the award:
“In recognition of this dedication, the NHL Foundation annually awards $25,000 to a current player’s charity that embodies the core values of the NHL — commitment, perseverance and teamwork — to enrich the lives of people in his community.”
The finalists are Mike Green, Dustin Brown, and Ryan Miller. All three have done some amazing work this season, but I have to say, what Green has done surprised me. Some charities, events, and organizations he has worked with are Green’s Gang (of course), Miracle of Seventh Street by the Rock Bottom Foundation, So Kids Can, Children’s Law Center‘s Adopt a Family Christmas Drive, Salvation Army‘s Angel Tree Program, Children’s National Medical Center, Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities Family EMPOWERment Center, and more!
One local group that Green has gotten involved with is the Arlington Food Assistance Center. He has donated some amazing things and done fundraisers on his own! In March he tweeted about a fundraiser at the Front Page where fans could “have a beer with me and some of the guys off the team” and bid on signed items. Recently, he donated a one-of-a-kind experience to the AFAC Benefit Reception and Silent Auction: “A children’s skating party for 10 at Kettler Ballston Iceplex with Caps star defenseman Mike Green, and an autographed Mike Green jersey.”
The experience, along with two lower level tickets donated by a season ticket holder, went for about $3000. To me, it was pretty great to see a star player donate his own time to benefit a relatively small organization that really needs the help.
Plus, he’s giving those kids one of the best days of their lives!