Fort Dupont Ice Arena in Southeast, D.C. is no longer on thin ice thanks to a influx of donations from across the country.
"It's incredible," said Ty Newberry, who directs the nonprofit rink that helps show District boys and girls from the streets to skates. In less than three weeks, the charity has received more than $33,000 in donations.
On February 21, a Chicago Tribune columnist urged the city to donate to the ice rink after Chicago Blackhawks fans chanted "go back to basketball" at Washington Capitals player Devante Smith-Pelly.
"They're trying to right what they feel is a wrong," said Newberry. "We couldn't be more grateful."
Now the rink will open three weeks earlier than normal, in June instead of July. Skates, helmets, and aging other skating equipment will also be replaced.
"It's huge," said 13-year-old Lawrent Chinhakwe who plays hockey at the rink.
"Some of the equipment is from the 2000s," said the 7th grader. "It's 20th century stuff, so it will really help some of the skaters out there."
Lawrent, like many at the rink, has big plans. Mamme Biney took speed skating from Fort Dupont to the Olympics. Now, there are bigger dreams of gold thanks to a silver lining from Chicago.
"With everything going on in the world, all these people can come together to do this," said the teen. "People should feel great."