Posted By: Christian Marin

Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green received the James Brown Impact Award yesterday during the 10th annual SneakerBall, the Greater Washington Sports Alliance’s charity gala. The award is in recognition of his involvement in the community and is awarded to a player who has used sport to positively impact the area through his or her commitment and compassion for Washington, D.C., through community service.

Green, who is entering his ninth season with the Capitals, has devoted a lot of his time to community and charitable services for a variety of organizations in need. He created the So Kids Can program with DC 101’s Elliot Segal to benefit youth-focused non-profit organizations. Since its inception, So Kids Can has donated nearly $250,000 to various charities.

“It is an honor to receive the JB Impact Award,” Green said at the 10th annual SneakerBall. “I’ve been fortunate to be involved with several projects that have given back to the Washington, D.C., community, and I look forward to another season giving back to those in need through service.”

SneakerBall is a one of a kind event. It is the only black tie and sneakers gala that annually celebrates the best of sports in the region. The Greater Washington Sports Alliance Foundation hosts the event each year. The Foundation is made up of six local charities and creates opportunities for corporate philanthropy to enhance the region’s youth sports programs and facilities. Proceeds from the event will help benefit the Special Olympics.


For more information on the Greater Washington Sports Alliance Foundation, visit

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