DCPS Beautification Day 2012
Caps fans from around the DC metro area spent the last Saturday morning of summer volunteering at DCPS Beautification Day. This is such a fun event put together by the Caps community relations folks in partnership with Serve DC. Volunteers showed up at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in northeast DC to work on a variety of projects, including painting murals and building new school equipment, to spruce up the building for back-to-schoolers this week. It’s a great opportunity to spend time with other Caps fans and give back to our community! I also caught up with fellow Hockey Shopper, Brendan! His Dad and he led the robotic table building project.
A few VIPs were there including Thurgood Marshall’s son, John Marshall; everyone’s favorite starred and striped eagle, Slapshot; and one of the Caps’ newest acquisitions, Mike Ribeiro. This year I was SO lucky and happy to have some of my best gal pals with me, and we got to work painting a mural in the school’s planetarium. Slapshot came in to, naturally, heckle us. We wanted him to help since he
talked mimed such a big game, but he let us know he couldn’t be bothered to dirty his immaculate feathers. Then he suggested we use the paint for more than just painting. Slapshot, YOU DOG.
Our next esteemed visitors in the planetarium were the Ribeiro family. Mike Ribeiro (@Ribz9) and wife Tamara (@angeltw3) have 3 children and they are so delightful. Ribz actually seemed a little nervous. I welcomed him to the city and asked how he was liking it. He said it was nice to actually see trees and the weather was better than in Dallas. He told me at least 3 times that if I had a pen he could sign something. I assured him it was fine, it was just nice to meet him and we were all excited to see him play in a Caps jersey!
We finished up our project and headed down for pizza time! To my DELIGHT, they were playing the wobble. To my even FURTHER delight, Ribz was getting his wobble on. I’ve been to a few of these community relations volunteer events now, and I’ve never seen any of the other players get in on the line dance action. He went on to dance other favorites, like the Cupid Shuffle and the Cha Cha Slide, with his kids. It was adorable and so fun.
At the end of the event, I did decide to bother him for a picture and he could not have been more gracious.