Backstrom, Holtby and Wilson Surprise Students at DC Elementary School

Posted November 20, 2018

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Nicklas Backstrom, Braden HoltbyTom Wilson, who are members of the group So Kids Can, visited Hendley Elementary in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, delivering 75 laptops and 45 tablets that Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation donated in conjunction with the partnership of DCPS Adopt-a-School Program. They announced that Hendley will be the recipient of a So Kids Can and Heart of America Foundation makeover. So Kids Can was created in 2008 by former Capitals defenseman Mike Green and Elliot Segal of the Elliot in the Morning Show to benefit youth-focused, nonprofit organizations.

This season, the players and Elliot Segal are raising money for Heart of America through So Kids Can. Heart of America is a nonprofit organization that transforms spaces into modern learning environments so that students and communities can learn and grow. The organization helps under-resourced communities by revitalizing technology, school libraries, gyms and educational spaces. Each player and Segal will donate $50 for each Capitals’ win in the regular season and $100 for each win during the playoffs. Fans are also encouraged to donate through the website All funds collected at the end of the season will be used for the Hendley’s renovation project.

Kids were extremely excited to hear the news about the donations. Principal Sundai Riggins couldn’t contain her happiness. “We are super grateful and thankful and we look forward to engage students as well as teachers as what space will they like to see transform.” She said the students need computer access on a regular basis, as currently they are required for all standardized testing.

“We are trying to give back as much as we can and our time as well to meet people,” Holtby said. During the event, a girl was hugging him as he walked around. “It’s a lot of fun when you come out and see their faces and meet new people.”

“It’s cool, it’s a pretty good opportunity and a privilege to do whatever we can to help them out,” Wilson said.

“Whenever we have the opportunity to give back to the community I think is great,” Backstrom said. “To see the smiles in their faces mean a lot for us when we come out like this.”

The players were asked which subject in school they liked best. Take a guess what Holtby, Backstrom and Wilson had to say, then check out the video: