Capitals Proceed Dedication to Neighborhood Throughout 2021-22 Season

Capitals Proceed Dedication to Neighborhood Throughout 2021-22 Season

PLAYER PROGRAMS:

So Children Can: So Children Can members Nicklas Backstrom, Tom Wilson and Elliot within the Morning’s Elliot Segal continued to boost funds for So Children Can in the course of the 2021-22 season. By means of So Children Can, the gamers and Segal pledged $50 per Capitals win in the course of the regular-season and $100 per win in the course of the playoffs to a youth-focused nonprofit. Followers have been additionally inspired to donate at washcaps.com/sokidscan. This season’s marketing campaign raised $13,619.

Forty Three’s Mates: By means of his Forty Three’s Mates program, Tom Wilson invited kids affiliated with Make-A-Want Mid-Atlantic and United Heroes League to take part in a zoom name with him. Kids from Make-A-Want Mid-Atlantic have been stunned with jerseys from Wilson; kids from United Heroes League later attended a Capitals sport.

Video: Forty Three’s Mates | Make-A-Want Mid-Atlantic

Dowd’s Crowd: A Dowd’s Crowd fundraiser, created by Capitals ahead Nic Dowd and his spouse Paige, raised $11,029 for future programming.

Moreover, in Honor of World Autism Day, Dowd’s Crowd granted $1,500 to the Key Middle College’s Animal Assisted Instruction Program. The Key Middle Animal Assisted Instruction program makes use of a canine to work with college students to assist them obtain their bodily, social, and emotional targets. The Key Middle’s therapist, Kris Campesi, is a retired trainer, who’s professionally skilled in Animal Assisted remedy. Her canine, Micah, is specifically skilled to work with college students with particular wants. Working with the Key Middle academics, Kris and Micah assist deal with particular academic targets together with bodily and occupational remedy targets. This system is funded fully via donations, and the Dowds Crowd grant will cowl 25% of its annual working funds.

Video: Dowd’s Crowd

The Help: The Help Sensory Kits, based by Paige Dowd and Kodette LaBarbera, are actually obtainable at Capital One Area throughout Capitals dwelling video games for followers with sensory wants. Followers can request a package on the Visitor Companies stand outdoors of part 115 on the primary concourse. The Help Sensory Kits embrace a Bauer drawstring backpack, Bauer foam puck, Your Ears Rock 3M headphones, sun shades, a fidget toy, a social story, Kleenex, a sanitary wipe, crayons and a voucher totally free popcorn at Capital One Area.

Dowd and LaBarbera based The Help with the aim of constructing everybody really feel snug and assured when attending an occasion in any metropolis. The kits are additionally obtainable for buy at https://theassistsensorykit.com/.

Hath’s Heroes: In January Hath’s Heroes introduced a first-of-its-kind collaboration with the nonprofit Conscious Junkie to offer mindfulness coaching to D.C. space first responders. By means of the partnership, Hath’s Heroes will fund a number of Conscious Junkie seminars led by Conscious Junkie founder Gina Rollo White. The trainings will likely be made obtainable to all firefighters inside DC Hearth and EMS and can ship Tactical Mind Coaching® (TBT), which empowers first responders to raised deal with work-based trauma.

In December of 2021, Hath’s Heroes hosted the Frederick Hearth Division at a Capitals sport to honor Battalion Chief Laird, a 21-year veteran of the division who was fatally injured within the line of responsibility in August of 2021. Greater than 40 firefighters from the Frederick County Hearth Division attended the sport to honor the Laird household. Moreover, the household was offered with a customized No. 21 “W” Laird team-signed jersey.

As of April 2022, Hath’s Heroes has donated greater than 400 lunches to native firehouses in Washington, D.C. and contributed public sale objects, together with a team-signed Hathaway game-used stick and signed Hath’s Heroes pucks to the annual D.C. Hearth Hockey event. Proceeds from the public sale benefited the D.C. Burn Basis.

The Hathaway’s additionally partnered with the Washington Capitals to create a co-branded Hath’s Heroes and Capitals merchandise store. Out there on-line over the past two months of the common season, proceeds from the merchandise benefitted the Baltimore Hearth Basis, which is offering rapid monetary assist to the households of the Baltimore Metropolis firefighters that have been injured within the line of responsibility in January of 2022.

MSE FOUNDATION AND CAPS CARE COMMUNITY PROGRAMS:

Biscuit: In September, the Capitals partnered with America’s VetDogs, a New York based mostly non-profit that gives service canines to veterans and first responders with disabilities, to coach future service canine ‘Biscuit.’ Biscuit, born on July 23, made his debut with the Capitals on Sept. 22, the primary day of the Capitals 2021-22 coaching camp. Biscuit is present process fundamental coaching and socialization with the Capitals employees, gamers and public to turn into a assured and calm future service canine.

Canine Calendar: MSE Basis’s Caps Canines Calendar raised $25,000 for Wolf Lure Animal Rescue (WTAR). The calendar featured pictures of each Capitals participant with both his canine(s) or canines obtainable for adoption via WTAR.

Caps For a Trigger on Cameo: A ‘Caps for a Trigger’ on Cameo fundraiser allowed Capitals followers to request customized video messages from collaborating Capitals gamers on fan engagement platform Cameo. $28,575 was donated to a number of charities of the gamers’ selection, together with MSE Basis, Lars Eller Basis, Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Basis, Tragedy Help Program for Survivors, Dowd’s Crowd, American Particular Hockey Affiliation, So Children Can an the Dana Farber Most cancers Institute.  

Rink2Reef: Capitals gamers Lars Eller and Dmitry Orlov met with Rink2Reeef Chesapeake Bay at MedStar Capitals Iceplex and donated sticks to the group. To fight the environmental pressure that outcomes from landfill-bound hockey sticks, Rink2Reef works with D.C. space organizations to gather and repurpose hockey sticks. Gamers damaged sticks are used to create reefs for oyster restoration efforts with a purpose to assist create cleaner costal waterways within the Chesapeake Bay.

Random Acts within the W: At the side of the Capitals third jersey, the Capitals launched Random Acts within the W in November as a community-focused marketing campaign developed to provide again to Caps followers. The Capitals devoted Random Acts within the W to the household of Frederick County Hearth’s Battalion Chief Josh Laird and firefighters from his division, the Shapiro household who named their first daughter after Lars Eller and welcomed their second daughter in 2021 unexpectedly of their dwelling, and the Bray household in honor of father Drew’s most cancers journey.

Line Change: The Capitals Workforce Retailer at Capital One Area launched a brand new girls’s attire assortment with Line Change, an attire model by Julie Petry and Angela Worth. The gathering is solely obtainable on the Workforce Retailer at Capital One Area. A portion of gross sales proceeds profit MSE Basis.

DIVERSITY INITIATIVES

Black Hockey Historical past Tour: In January the Capitals hosted the Nationwide Hockey League’s Black Hockey Historical past Tour, a uniquely curated cell museum, at Rockville Ice Area in Rockville, Md., and SkateQuest in Reston, Va. The 525-square foot museum, offered by American Legacy, presents 200 years of black achievement in hockey. Reveals featured the founders, path blazers, historical past makers, and Stanley Cup champions. The cell museum additionally regarded forward to the subsequent era of younger stars, NHL Officers, broadcasters, and girls within the sport. The museum’s go to to the D.C. area featured an interactive group locker room arrange that includes the Washington Capitals, a whole wall devoted to celebrating achievements in black hockey historical past, and each participant in historical past represented all through the museum, together with by way of a uniquely designed ‘Wall of Pucks.’

Black Hockey Historical past Show: On Feb. 2 vs. the Edmonton Oilers, the Capitals unveiled a everlasting Black Hockey Historical past Show at Capital One Area dedicated to the Capitals Black historical past and gamers. The show is situated at part 116 on the primary concourse and options: 

  • Memorabilia together with a 1975-76 dwelling jersey worn by Mike Marson (1974-79), a game-used stick by Joel Ward (2011-15) and a game-worn helmet by Devante Smith-Pelly (2017-19).
  • A warmup jersey that includes a Gamers In opposition to Hate finish racism shoulder patch. Capitals gamers wore and auctioned off the jerseys in the course of the Feb. 25, 2021 Black Historical past Night time.
  • A timeline that includes Black gamers and key moments in Capitals historical past.
  • An interactive QR code that drives guests to washcaps.com/blackhockey, that includes extra data to study in regards to the Capitals dedication to variety, honoring Black gamers in historical past, neighborhood companions, assets and extra.

The Capitals Labored with the Washington D.C. based mostly design agency HKD Sports activities on the show.

Cannons Observe: The Washington Capitals youth hockey growth employees hosted the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Membership – often known as the Cannons – for a observe at MedStar Capitals Iceplex on Feb. 25. Cannons founder Neal Henderson, the primary Black particular person to be inducted into the US Hockey Corridor of Fame in 2019, led the observe together with fellow members of the Cannons teaching employees.

As well as, Capitals alumnus Invoice Riley made a particular look. Riley made his NHL debut with the Capitals in 1974, turning into the primary Black Nova Scotian to participant within the NHL and the third Black participant to play within the league. In 125 video games with the Capitals, Riley recorded 28 targets and 28 assists.

Based in 1978 by Henderson, the Cannons is a developmental program that gives native and inner-city youth in Washington, D.C., the chance to take part in an organized ice hockey program. The Cannons are the oldest minority youth hockey program in North America, and this system’s aim is to show younger individuals self-discipline, vanity and a way of goal and to supply an incentive to excel academically.

Fort Dupont Cannons Store: In January the Capitals and MSE Basis launched a Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Membership on-line merchandise store, with proceeds benefitting Fort Dupont and the Washington Capitals Capital Influence Fund.

A co-branded Capitals and Fort Cannons T-shirt, hoodie, pom beanie and iron on patch have been obtainable to buy, elevating $10,639 for charity.

The Cannons DC Premiere: In April a Washington, D.C., premiere of The Cannons passed off at THEARC Theatre in Washington, D.C., with the assist of the Capitals. The Cannons is a documentary that follows the experiences of Henderson and two teenage Cannons gamers and their roles on one in all America’s solely predominately Black hockey groups.

Capital Influence Fund: The Washington Capitals and MSE Basis introduced the group’s inaugural Capital Influence Fund beneficiaries in February. The Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Program, Gamers In opposition to Hate, Optimistic Teaching Alliance, The Tender Bridge – Baltimore Banners and the Tucker Highway Father or mother Hockey Group have been the 5 Washington, D.C., space nonprofits that obtained $10,000 every. The organizations have been chosen by the Capitals based mostly on their missions and affect towards variety in hockey, in addition to on their plans to make use of the funding to additional advance variety, fairness and inclusion within the sport.  

In 2020 the Capitals group and Monumental Sports activities & Leisure Basis created the Capital Influence Fund to offer grants to organizations that may help in eliminating price boundaries confronted by people of coloration within the hockey neighborhood. The Washington Capitals and MSE Basis Capital Influence Fund Grant will present monetary assist to native nonprofit organizations devoted to additional advancing variety, fairness and inclusion in hockey. The target of the grant is to offer entry to the game in all varieties and may think about, however not be restricted to: tools, ice time, college applications, program charges and entry to the sport. The fund will assist minority youth gamers attain their best potential and can assist create extra equal enjoying fields for all.

THEME NIGHTS AND NHL PLATFORMS

Hockey Fights Most cancers: The Washington Capitals and MSE Basis Hockey Fights Most cancers initiatives in November raised $132,111 for charity. Proceeds benefitted Flashes of Hope, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Mid-Atlantic Area, Make-A-Want® Mid-Atlantic, and Pancreatic Most cancers Motion Community. The Capitals annual Hockey Fights Most cancers Recreation offered by Leidos passed off Nov. 14 at Capital One Area. Throughout warmups, gamers wore lavender warmup jerseys that have been auctioned off together with different objects together with autographed Hockey Fights Most cancers pucks and hats.

In the course of the Capitals Hockey Fights Most cancers sport, Leidos offered a $40,000 examine to Monumental Sports activities & Leisure Basis in assist of the Capitals Hockey Fights Most cancers public sale beneficiaries.

As well as, T.J. Oshie stunned Capitals fan Chelsea Proctor, who was present process remedy for most cancers, with a shock video name.

Tweet from @Capitals: Chelsea Proctor, a young Caps fan and cancer patient, thought she was doing a video interview about medical research. She instead got a surprise visit from @TJOshie77 and it was just as heartwarming as you could imagine. #CapsFightCancer | @LeidosInc pic.twitter.com/1H8WxVsYWp

ALL CAPS ALL HER: In December, the Capitals launched ALL CAPS ALL HER, an initiative that gives entry to hockey and elevates the sport for ladies and ladies within the Washington D.C., space. ALL CAPS ALL HER acknowledges and helps feminine gamers, coaches, referees, dad and mom, advocates, college students and leaders locally. Occasions, applications and content material will present numerous ranges of entry into hockey for ladies and ladies of all ages, provide management, enterprise growth, and networking alternatives and spotlight influential girls and households locally.

Caps Canines Night time Pawsented by PEDIGREE Basis: The Capitals Hosted Caps Canines Night time Pawsented by PEDIGREE Basis on Jan. 24. A pregame second featured America’s VetDogs pet raisers, veterans and their canines. As well as, Capitals gamers arrived on the area with adoptable canines obtainable via Wolf Lure Animal Rescue. The adoptable canines have been a part of the sport presentation present and intermission, throughout which followers discovered extra data on how one can give the canines a ceaselessly dwelling.

Hockey Talks Psychological Well being Consciousness Night time: On Jan. 26, the Capitals hosted their second Hockey Talks Psychological Well being Consciousness Night time in partnership with MedStar Well being. The sport featured actions associated to psychological well being, together with PSAs and an data desk on the 100-level concourse. Followers have been inspired to go to the desk for assets and for the chance to fill out a Hockey Talks sign up assist of psychological well being consciousness. As well as, gamers wore the Hockey Talks decal on their helmets to additional elevate consciousness about psychological well being.

As well as, two video sequence surrounding psychological wellness debuted on WashCaps.com. ‘Hockey Talks: Psychological Wellness In the course of the Pandemic’ featured Capitals senior director of group and organizational growth Dr. Aimee Kimball. Kimball addressed psychological wellness in the course of the pandemic because it pertained to athletes, dad and mom, and coaches. Kimball, who additionally served because the Psychological Efficiency Coach for the USA Hockey Ladies’s Nationwide Workforce for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China, additionally participated in a second video sequence highlighting psychological preparation and Olympic participation. 

Black Historical past Night time Offered by Capital One: The Capitals Feb. 28 sport vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs marked the group’s Black Historical past Night time offered by Capital One. Capitals gamers wore particular black warmup jerseys that includes the Capitals brand and a Fort Dupont Cannons shoulder patch. The jerseys have been signed and auctioned off to boost $52,960 for the Capital Influence Fund. As well as, gamers additionally wore a helmet decal that includes Neal Henderson’s likeness in the course of the sport.

Black Historical past Night time additionally honored variety and inclusion with tributes and visitors all through the night.

Delight Night time Fundraiser: Dedicated to variety and inclusion, the Capitals hosted Delight Night time for the sixth-consecutive yr on March 3. The Capitals and MSE Basis Delight public sale that includes autographed player-used sticks wrapped in rainbow-color ‘Delight Tape’ raised $25,760. Proceeds benefitted SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders), with a portion of funds allotted for Workforce DC.

Army Night time Fundraiser: The Capitals and MSE Basis’s Army Night time fundraiser Public sale that includes particular camouflage warmup jerseys raised $66,575 for the United Heroes League. The jerseys have been worn throughout warmups throughout Salute to the Army Night time on March 15 versus the New York Islanders. Greater than 1,000 service members have been in attendance for the Capitals sport on March 15.

Youth Hockey Night time: The Capitals celebrated Youth Hockey Night time offered by Thundercat Know-how on March 20, when the Capitals hosted the Dallas Stars. The primary 5,000 youth hockey gamers to reach carrying their youth group’s attire obtained Capitals-themed stick tape. Choose youth hockey gamers from the area had the chance to greet Capitals gamers throughout pregame arrivals. In-game and social content material highlighted Capitals youth hockey programming all through the night. Recreation presentation actions all through the night additionally featured youth hockey gamers.

Ladies in Hockey Night time: The Capitals hosted a Ladies in Hockey Night time offered by Recent Vine Wine on March 28 vs. the Carolina Hurricanes. In-game and social content material highlighted girls in hockey and showcased the Capitals ALL CAPS ALL HER program. On March 26, as a part of the ALL CAPS ALL HER platform, the Capitals hosted a Ladies in Sports activities Networking Occasion for undergraduate and graduate college students excited about pursuing a profession in sports activities. The agenda included a panel that includes girls from throughout the Capitals group on profession paths in hockey and the possibility to community with Capitals employees and different attendees.

HOCKEY PROGRAMMING

Capitals PWHPA Showcase: In partnership with the Washington Capitals, the Skilled Ladies’s Hockey Gamers Affiliation (PWHPA) performed 4 video games of the 2021-2022 Secret Dream Hole Tour at MedStar Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va., from March 4-6 as a part of the Capitals PWHPA Showcase offered by Leidos and ThunderCat with Dell Applied sciences. As well as, the Capitals and PWHPA offered three clinics for native gamers, that includes instruction by PWHPA athletes and coaches and the Capitals youth hockey growth employees, from March 3-5. The occasion featured Workforce adidas (Minnesota), Workforce Bauer (Boston), Workforce Scotiabank (Calgary) and Workforce Sonnet (Toronto).

Be taught to Play: In partnership with the Nationwide Hockey League and Nationwide Hockey League Participant’s Affiliation, the Capitals continued this season to supply the Future Caps Be taught to Play program offered by World Vast Know-how. Future Caps presents first-time members, ages 5-9, free Capitals branded head-to-toe tools and eight weeks of instruction from licensed coaches and Capitals alumni. For the reason that program launched in 2016, the Capitals have launched greater than 7,300 new members to the sport.

Hockey College: By means of the Capitals Hockey College program, elementary and center faculties obtain road hockey tools, a customized written curriculum and employees coaching. Colleges with first- via eighth-grade lecture rooms can schedule visits from the Capitals Youth Hockey Improvement employees throughout their ground hockey models.

For the reason that 2016-17 season, the Capitals have donated tools to 1,238 faculties and engaged 751,439 college students with the sport.

ASHA Skate: The Washington Capitals hosted a skate with American Particular Hockey Affiliation Gamers on Dec. 4. Capitals alumni Peter Bondra and Paul Mulvey participated within the skate with greater than 20 youth particular hockey gamers in honor of the Worldwide Day of Folks with Disabilities that passed off on Dec. 3. The Capitals and ASHA have a longstanding relationship, having partnered on 8 ice and road hockey occasions since 2014.

Avenue Hockey Rinks: The Capitals have refurbished or constructed 14 rinks, with extra rink tasks slated. Rinks are situated in Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia. To additional encourage the expansion of the sport, the Capitals Youth Hockey Improvement employees holds clinics along with the refurbishment of every rink. Listing of rinks could be discovered at washcaps.com/streetrinks.

Strive Hockey for Free Program: Offered by Thundercat Know-how, the Strive Hockey for Free program is geared towards members ages 4-17. It launched in April to supply road hockey clinics freed from cost to native kids throughout the Washington, D.C., space. Every participant learns the fundamentals of hockey, together with stickhandling, passing and capturing. Moreover, all members obtain a road hockey stick and ball to take dwelling following the occasion to encourage continued growth. The Capitals Strive Hockey for Free program is designed as each an introduction to the sport for members in addition to a chance to succeed in households within the Washington neighborhood excited about extra inexpensive choices to take part in hockey. To study extra about this system go to www.CapsYouthHockey.com/TryHockeyForFree.

Be taught to Play Avenue Hockey Program: Be taught to Play Avenue Hockey is a primary of its variety initiative that gives households the chance to hitch the hockey neighborhood via an accessible and inexpensive program. Members develop elementary abilities that can assist them achieve hockey and past. The Be taught to Play Avenue Hockey program is designed for first-time gamers between the ages of 5-9 and 10-14. For a small payment, members will obtain free tools and 6 weeks of age-appropriate introductory instruction on the basic abilities of hockey from licensed coaches. To study extra about this system, go to www.CapsYouthHockey.com/LearnToPlayStreetHockey.