Player of the Month
As we strive to achieve our mission, each month Sporting Generosity will identify an individual that has meant more to the sports world than his or her achievements on the court, ice, or field. This individual will have given back to the community by providing hope to a sick child, financial assistance to an underprivileged youth, or by becoming an advocate for a specific cause. These athletes are people who give back not out of obligation, but out of conviction in its necessity. With that said, please congratulate our first player of the month for 2011.
Mike Green (January, 2011)
Sporting Generosity's first professional hockey player to take this honor, Mike Green is an all-star defenseman for the Washington Capitals. Born October 12, 1985, Mike grew up in Northeast Calgary. He first started to play hockey at the age of 10 and it was only nine years later that Mike was drafted in the first round of the NHL draft. In the 2007-2008 season, Mike emerged as one of the elite defenseman in the league, and he was named to the NHL First All-Star Team in both the 2009 and 2010 seasons. He was also just named to play in the 2011 All-Star game.
Equally as impressive to his on the ice contributions, Mike has become extremely active off of it. In 2008, "Green's Gang" was formed to provide the opportunity to experience a Caps game to underserved children, injured soldiers and active military in the DC area. Since the 2008 season, Mike has provided more than 700 children and soldiers the opportunity to see a Capitals game. Unknown to most fans, these ticket packages are fully paid for by representing players.
In addition to creating "Green's Gang," Mike is one of the most active players in regards to Capitals community initiatives. He has participated in activities such as food drives with the Salvation Army to Beautification Days for local DC public schools. Additionally, for the past four years, Mike has "adopted-a-family" to help provide gifts for underprivileged children. This past Christmas, Mike and his parents visited a single mother and her five children on Christmas Day to not only provide gifts but much needed items such as clothes and shoes.
Mike's crowning achievements off the ice however have revolved around a program that both he and a DC local radio host created called the "So Kids Can" program.
For the past three years, Mike and the DC morning radio show host Elliot Segal have worked together to raise money for various charities. In addition to both donating money for goals scored and assists made, they have actively sought involvement from the DC community.
To date, the program has raised over $90,000 that has been distributed to various causes. In its first year, the So Kids Can program donated $30,000 to Pediatric Prosthetics, and last year the program donated more than $65,000 to Dr. Bear's Toy Closet at the Children's National Medical Center.
During 2011, the So Kids Can program intends to raise over $75,000 to benefit KaBOOM!, a DC based charity that builds playgrounds in underserved communities. To help raise this money, Mike recently hosted a charity concert.
When asked about his desire to be involved in the community, Mike said, "For me, I just want kids to be happy. Playing on the playground or having a playroom when you're in the hospital, it just puts smiles on kids' faces."
If you are interested in making a donation to the So Kids Can program or if you would like more information on how to get involved, please click here.
The Babac'Ards Foundation, founded by Boris Diaw of the Charlotte Bobcats, has a mission of improving the lives of Senegalese children. They are currently fundraising to open a women's training facility. Please click here for more information.
Every day, hundreds of athletes and organizations are showing a tremendous amount of generosity to their community. Here at SG, we can’t possibly know about everything taking place. Please, if you are or know of a professional athlete or organization that has used sport to make our world a better place, please click here to share your or their story.
Sporting Generosity would like to recognize Mike Green, an All-Star defenseman for the Washington Capitals for his outstanding achievements. Click here for more details.