Giant Food, the greater Washington D.C. regional grocery chain and official grocery sponsor of the Washington Capitals, is collaborating with Washington Capitals Captain Alex Ovechkin to release a limited edition Ovi’ O’s cereal. The honey nut cereal will be available starting Sept. 17, Ovechkin’s birthday, while supplies last.
A portion of proceeds from the sale of Ovi O’s will benefit the Maryland-based Children’s Cancer Foundation Inc., a nonprofit committed to funding locally-based researchers, programs and facilities.
“Giant Food has been a sponsor of the Washington Capitals for over three years, and like all fans, we have enjoyed the spirit and energy Alex brings to the game and our local community,” said Ira Kress, Giant Food’s interim president. “Teaming together for such a fun and healthy product is a win-win for us all. We are proud to offer a delicious breakfast cereal that will also help fund the important work of the Children’s Cancer Foundation.”
The cereal box will feature Ovechkin’s toothless smile on the box and will sell for $2.69 for a 12.25-oz. box. In addition, the Capitals teamed up with Balti Virtual to bring the Ovi O’s box to life with an augmented reality game, Ovi O’s Slapshot presented by Giant, using Snapchat’s Lens Studio. Customers who have purchased Ovi O’s can scan the box in Snapchat to access this interactive hockey game, which gives fans the ability to control Ovechkin as he shoots the cereal at moving targets. After time runs out, players can share their score on social media to compete with friends or scan the box again to keep playing. Information on how to access the game in Snapchat will be released in conjunction with the cereal on Sept. 17.
The cereal is available at all 163 stores in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Delaware.
“I love cereal and it’s a huge honor to work with Giant to make Ovi O’s and help the Children’s Cancer Foundation support kids and families in the D.C. community,” says Ovechkin.
Ovi O’s is one of many community-related initiatives in which Ovechkin is involved. In addition to supporting organizations that grant wishes of sick children, Ovechkin also participates in Ovi’s Crazy 8s. Ovechkin created Ovi’s Crazy 8s in 2006, a program through which he purchases and donates eight Capitals season tickets to Most Valuable Kids and ASHA, allowing fans who normally wouldn’t have access to tickets the opportunity to attend games. He also has a longstanding relationship with the American Special Hockey Association, having hosted ASHA for skating and street hockey events for five consecutive seasons.