The Washington Capitals and Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation's Black History Night auction featuring special black warmup jerseys with a Players Against Hate end racism shoulder patch is now open at WashCaps.com/BlackHockey. The fundraiser benefits the Washington Capitals Capital Impact Fund. The Capitals Feb. 25 game versus the Pittsburgh Penguins marks the organization's Black History Night presented by Capital One. The Black History Night fundraiser concludes March 5, 2021, at 3 p.m. EST, and all proceeds will be used to eliminate financial barriers faced by minority youth hockey players in the Washington, D.C., region.
In addition to the Players Against Hate end racism shoulder patch, the jerseys feature red ombre lettering and a white stripe. The jerseys will be signed and auctioned off along with select signed Players Against Hate merchandise and signed pucks that commemorate Black History Night. Players Against Hate is an organization determined to increase awareness and stop racism and name-calling by youth athletes, their teams and coaches, their families, and spectators. Players Against Hate's co-founder, Tammi Lynch, is a member of the Capitals Black Hockey Committee that meets on a consistent basis to address ways to eradicate racism and discuss growing the game in underserved communities.
The Capitals launched the Capital Impact Fund in conjunction with the 2020-21 season as a program that designates funds to organizations that can assist in eliminating cost barriers faced by local hockey players, from youth to elite players. The fund will help minority youth players reach their greatest potential and aim to ensure that anyone who wants to play, watch, teach, officiate, or otherwise engage with the sport of hockey is able to do so. Fans are able to donate to the Capital Impact Fund at WashCaps.com.
Black History Night will also honor diversity and inclusion with tributes and guests throughout the game on Capitals Virtual Gameday as well as Capital social channels.
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