Take a glance at the full run-down of events the Capital City Go-Go host in the D.C. community off the basketball court during the 2018-19 season!
Dreams For Kids Basketball Clinic
The Capital City Go-Go hosted a basketball clinic on Thursday, March 7th for members of Dreams For Kids DC. Dreams for Kids DC. DFK is a children’s charity, that provides life-changing activities that empower children with physical and developmental disabilities to unite with their peers and realize their potential. Go-Go Assistant Coach Tanner Massey and Go-Go players Duje Dukan and Pe’Shon Howard assisted the Youth Basketball Staff to run skills & drills stations during the one-hour clinic.
Capital One Money Coaches Discussion
Go-Go players participated in a hands-on workshop experience where the examined their relationship between money and values and how financial habits can influence or impede goals. The Money Coaches offered guidance on managing finances so that they are able to spend and save money in ways that feel purposeful.
*Please note Money Coaches are not financial advisors, accountants, or tax specialists and do not provide legal, investment or financial advice. (c) 2019 Capital One.
Pops Mensah-Bonsu passed along wisdom and knowledge at the 2019 SINC Conference hosted at The George Washington University.
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Go-Go Visit NMAAHC
The Capital City Go-Go players, coaches, and staff will tour the National Museum of African American History and Culture as a group.
Black History Month Spotlight
In celebration of Black History Month, during select home games in February, the Go-Go honored individuals making a difference in their communities using the pillars supported by the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation.
Pops at The George Washington University
On January 9th, The George Washington University Athletics department saluted Pops Mensah-Bonsu.
Martin Luther King Jr. “We Are Dreamers” Interactive Discussion
Pops Mensah-Bonsu joined the Washington Wizards, as they hosted their annual “We Are Dreamers” Interactive Discussion prior to the Wizards vs. Pistons game on Monday, Jan. 21st. The one-hour interactive discussion allowed 50 aspiring young men of color to have an open and honest conversation to discuss current events, their aspirations and dreams with 6 local male professionals from various backgrounds. The discussion also touched on the NBA’s commitment partnership with MENTOR and NBA Voices, to discuss their career paths and education as well as inspire each young man to take charge of their lives, make good decisions and be successful in their pursuit of education.
Go-Go Reading Timeout
Quinton Chievous hosted a Reading Timeout with first graders at Hendley Elementary School. Chievous and students read “Peter’s Chair” by Ezra Jack Keats and “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” by Judith Viorst. Each student in attendance received their own personal copy of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.”
Go-Go Christmas Surprise
The Capital City Go-Go players and staff adopted the Finley Family for the holiday season. Ms. Finley and her 4 grandsons were surprised with Christmas gifts, a special tour of the Entertainment and Sports Arena and dinner with the team.
Jr. NBA Parent Forum
Capital City Go-Go General Manager, Pops Mensah-Bonsu joined Bullets Alumni member, Phil Chenier and Mystics Guard Natasha Cloud for a Jr. NBA Youth Parent Forum and Basketball Clinic at the Entertainment and Sports Arena (ESA).
On Friday, Dec. 7., Go-Go players Noah Allen and Tiwian Kendley spent their afternoon with Monumental Sports and Entertainment Foundation at Hendley Elementary School for the Power Up program. Power Up is a monthly structured physical activity program created and run by Go-Go assistant coach, Awvee Storey and Athletes for Hope.
Wizards CREED II Private Screening
The Washington Wizards hosted a private screening of CREED II for local community groups/students in the DMV area. Participants were able to view the movie first hand, before it was released on Thanksgiving Day. Prior to the start of the movie, participants had the opportunity to have a conversation with the film’s director, Steven Caple Jr and actor Florian Munteanu. Capital City Go-Go General Manager, Pops Mensah-Bonsu joined Mystics Guard Tierra Ruffin-Pratt and Bullets/Wizards Alumni member Etan Thomas for the private screening.
Go-Go Gives Back to The Community
Kellen Dunham explored the SW neighborhood of Washington D.C., where he introduced himself to community members and shared information about the Capital City Go-Go. Dunham invited each person he spoke with out to the next two home games, giving them a pair of tickets and a bag of team swag.
Troy Brown Jr. Thanksgiving
Troy Brown Jr. partnered with Tots 2 Tweens to help provide meals for their clients on Nov. 15. at various locations in the metropolitan area.
On Nov. 19., NBC 4 Washington in conjunction with Monumental Sports and Entertainment hosted their annual Food-4-Families campaign and food drive at Capital One Arena. The Capital City Go-Go Head Coach, Jarell Christian, and team General Manager Pops Mensah-Bonsu stopped by the Capital One Arena to drop off their contributions to the cause of feeding 44 thousand families in need for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Team Grocery Store Tour Teaches Healthy Eating Habits
Capital City Go-Go players had the opportunity to have a grocery store tour to learn more about healthy eating habits, quick meal alternatives and affordable food options while they are on-the go. A Giant store nutritionist, along with the Go-Go G-League nutritionist educated Go-Go players through a cooking demo, a store scavenger hunt and taste testing of healthy snack options.
Entertainment and Sports Arena Ribbon Cutting
The Entertainment and Sports Arena (ESA) made its debut in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Ward 8 on September 22, 2018. The new home of the Capital City Go-Go, Washington Mystics, and Washington Wizards practice facility, kicked off its opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony, where Monumental Sports and Entertainment, along with Mayor Bowser and Events DC welcomed the DC community at large to the celebration.
The Capital City Go-Go hosted the team’s 2018 open local tryout out at the Saint Elizabeth’s East Sports & Entertainment Arena on Saturday, Sept. 15. The local player tryout is a unique feature of the NBA G League, in which players participate in drills in front of Go-Go personnel for a chance at an invitation to Capital City’s training camp in October. The Go-Go were able to invite up to five players from the tryout to training camp.
Youth Basketball Clinic at Charles Hart Middle School
The Capital City Go-Go hosted a basketball clinic for 50 local students at Charles Hart Middle School, located in the SE area of Washington, D.C. The clinic featured the Capital City Go-Go’s Head Coach, Jarell Christian and General Manager, Pops Mensah-Bonsu.