Alex Ovechkin’s charity towards children extends far beyond sushi dates.
The Washington Capitals captain is supporting as many as seven orphanages in his native Russia, his mother revealed to Sovetsky Sport’s Pavel Lysenkov.
The only problem with Ovechkin’s generosity is that he reportedly would not be pleased that his mom, Tatyana, told the media about it.
Ovechkin supplied this Novopetrovskoye orphanage for special-needs children with a hockey rink and equipment:
Tatyana Ovechkin said the following to Lysenkov about Alex’s charity:
“Recently, my son supported a sports school in Mordovia, contributing hockey equipment for them too. Sasha patronizes six orphanages and this one in Novopetrovskoye is the seventh where he fully provided equipment for a hockey team. It’s a great idea not only for athletes, but also the oligarchs. We’re calling for support for the kids who need family-like, warm treatment. If somebody has an opportunity, please support Sasha in this action.
“We’re very proud of our son. But after we talk to you, Sashka will say: ‘Mom, what are you doing? Why would you need this? I did a good thing and that’s it. Why would you want to talk to the TV camera about that?’
“What will I answer to him? I’ll just say: ‘Sasha, the message is not only for you to do it, but many other people.’ We need to bring the good to the kids. What else we can do? So many grow up without a mom and a dad.
“But my son won’t compliment me for talking about all of this.”
(via the terrific Russian Machine Never Breaks)