Submitted by Michael Hickey on March 14, 2016 - 2:23pm

 

On Saturday, Dec. 19, I had the privilege of attending the Washington Ice Dogs annual holiday party along with fellow Red Rocker, Mia. The Washington Ice Dogs are part of Special Hockey Washington, which was founded in 1999 to give children and young adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to play ice hockey. Volunteer coaches and mentors dedicate their time to help the players not only improve their hockey skills, but also to further develop individual characteristics such as dependability, concentration and self-confidence. During the party they honored each coach, mentor, parent and every person in between for their support of and impact on the Washington Ice Dogs.

The first player I had the pleasure of meeting at the party was Ann Schaab, who many may know as the adorable little girl who asked Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin out on a sushi date. In return he made her dream a reality. Although Ann was not very pleased with the announcement of Ovechkin’s recent engagement, that hasn’t stopped her from cheering on the “Great 8” during every game! Ann greeted us with open arms and gave us an extraordinary introduction into the room where the party was held.

Over the next couple hours we danced and talked with all of the other Ice Dog players and their families, many of whom are also huge Caps fans! There was even a caricature artist in attendance drawing incredibly accurate portraits of the players. At the end of the party they even offered for Mia and me to have one drawn! Everyone was so warm and welcoming of us. You could truly tell how appreciative the Ice Dogs and their families are of everything they have in their lives, and in return I felt so thankful to have had the opportunity to meet such wonderful people and be a part of this experience. I had so much fun celebrating with the Ice Dogs and hope to see them again soon at a Capitals game!

Rock the Red,

RR Paige

Date: 
March 14, 2016