The Washington Capitals engage with existing programs and offer additional opportunities to provide people of all backgrounds opportunities to play hockey year-round. The Capitals know that Black lives matter - which is why the organization is committed to fostering diversity in hockey through both on-and off-ice events and initiatives.
In August 2020, the Capitals announced the organization is launching a series of public and internal initiatives that focus on diversity in hockey, racial equality and the recognition of achievements by Black individuals. The Capitals immediate efforts focus on three pillars: youth hockey, education and awareness.
In January 2021, the Capitals followed up on prior commitments with the announcement of our Black Hockey Committee, comprised of community and organization leaders that will meet on a consistent basis to address ways to eradicate racism and discuss growing the game in underserved communities.
The Capitals also provided 42 Baltimore City Recreation & Parks recreation centers with a full set of street hockey equipment. For nine consecutive seasons, the Capitals have also hosted an annual Baltimore Street Hockey Tournament to further engage Baltimore residents with the sport.
The same programming also launched in Montgomery Public Schools. The Capitals introduced more than 110,000 students from across the county's 180 elementary and middle schools to hockey during the 2019-20 school year.
In 2019, the Capitals and MSE supported Fort Dupont's recent fundraising campaign for a new rink. Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) Founder, Chairman, Principal Partner and Chief Executive Officer Ted Leonsis pledged $100,000 from MSE and an additional $100,000 from the Leonsis family toward the monies needed for the renovation of the rink. Through Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Program, Capitals players donated $227,400 to Fort Dupont to date.
Pending approval from local health authorities, the Capitals will hold a team practice at Fort Dupont Ice Arena in the future.
The Cannons has the support from the Washington Capitals, select players, and Monumental Sports, which will help facilitate public relations for the film. This will include social media posts via Instagram and Facebook from league and club accounts, as well as from personal player accounts. Provided a forthcoming hockey season, Monumental Sports will also help promote the film via broadcast, as well as through interviews and/or other potential PR segments.