DC ice arena's donations up after Capitals player racially taunted
WASHINGTON (ABC7) —
Tenaj Gueory loves to be on the ice.
“I’ve been coming here since I was about 6 years old and I never left,” Gueory said.
Now, she’s a skating coach.
“I wanted to give back to the program that gave so much to me,” she said.
It’s called "Kids on Ice" at Fort Dupont Ice Arena.
A program now in a power play situation, after a penalty in Chicago.
Last month a few Blackhawks fans heckled racist taunts at Capitals right-winger Devante Smith-Pelly. He’s one of the few black players in the NHL today. To right their wrong, some Chicagoans decided to make donations to a charity of Smith-Pelly’s choice: Fort Dupont Ice Arena.
“So far we’ve had over 500 people donate and raise over $35,000 for our programs here,” said Ty Newberry, the general manager at Fort Dupont Ice Arena.
The money will be used to replace all of the outdated equipment the skaters wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford. Fort Dupont Ice Arena will also be able to start its summer session three weeks earlier than normal.
“Through our ‘Kids On Ice’ program, we put 2,500 kids or more on the ice every year either free of charge or subsidized,” Newberry said.
Kids like Tenaj, when she was younger.
“To hear that happen is very sad, hurtful and disappointing, but personally me as a coach, it makes me want to do more for kids here,” Gueory said. “To let them know we are here for them.”
Smith-Pelly tweeted to show his appreciation for the donations.
This story has been updated Friday, March 16, 2018