Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie has received the Chris Greicius Celebrity Award from Make-A-Wish America. He joins JoJo Siwa, Night, Patrick Mahomes, Roman Reigns, Sean McLoughlin, Shawn Mendes and the Texas Rangers as the winners for 2021.
Make-A-Wish gives the award to those who commit to their mission of delivering hope to children with critical illnesses. The award is Chris Greicius, whose childhood wish to become a police officer in 1980 inspired the start of the foundation.
“These individuals and organizations provided their time, talent and significant influence to grant wishes and drive fundraising results for the world’s largest wish-granting organization, allowing more children to experience wishes that can help them deal and overcome their critical illness,” Make-A-Wish America said in its press release.
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Oshie is known for his fun-loving personality, high energy and positivity both on and off the ice. He has worked closely with Make-A-Wish over his career. Since coming to D.C. in 2015, the 34-year-old has taken the time to meet with several Make-A-Wish kids, sign jerseys and help make their dreams a reality.
Most recently, Oshie his company, Warroad, along with Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic, helped grant 6-year-old Dylann Wetzel’s wish for a synthetic rink. Wetzel had been recovering from a kidney transplant and couldn’t compete in hockey activities outside the house due to COVID-19. Oshie helped bring the rink to life and also signed a jersey and chatted with Wetzel. She also received street hockey equipment from Washington.
The NHL is currently celebrating its “Hockey Fights Cancer” month. The campaign honors and recognizes those battling and impacted by cancer, as well as those who lost their battles. Washington held its Hockey Fight Cancer night on Nov. 14., wearing lavender jerseys in warm-ups and raising money through an auction.