The Washington Capitals and Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation Black History Night auction featuring special black warmup jerseys with a Players Against Hate end racism shoulder patch raised $52,860 for the Capital Impact Fund. The jerseys were worn during warmups during Black History Night presented by Capital One on Feb. 25 versus the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The jerseys were signed and auctioned off along with select signed Players Against Hate merchandise and signed pucks that commemorate Black History Night. Top items in the fundraiser included a Nicklas Backstrom signed jersey, a John Carlson signed jersey, a T.J. Oshie signed jersey, an Alex Ovechkin signed jersey and a framed, team-signed Black Hockey Night Capitals puck set. Nineteen items sold for $1,000 or more.
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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.