WASHINGTON, DC - Washington Capitals fans are invited to participate in the Best Buddies Friendship Walk: Capital Region as members of team "Strollin' with Nolan" on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 8:30 a.m. at the Washington Monument.
Best Buddies International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating opportunities for friendship, employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The goal of the 5K Walk/Run is to raise awareness and funds to support individuals with IDD.
Capitals head coach Barry Trotz and his son Nolan, a Best Buddies chapter member, are serving as honorary walk co-chairs. On Oct. 15, participants will walk with coach Trotz's wife, Kim, and son Nolan, mascot Slapshot and Red Rockers.
Participants must register at www.StrollinWithNolan.com. Students can join for free, while adults may join by committing to raise $100 or more in donations. Race-Day registration begins at 7 a.m., and opening ceremonies begin at 8:30 a.m. at the base of the Washington Monument (Madison Drive and 15th St NW).
Members and supporters of team "Strollin' with Nolan" will be entered a drawing to participate in a community skate at Kettler Capitals Iceplex with Coach Trotz. In addition, the first place fundraiser will receive four tickets to a regular season Capitals game and a post-game meet and greet with Trotz. The second place fundraiser will receive a Capitals jersey autographed by the team, while the third place fundraiser will receive a Capitals hockey stick autographed by the team.
The Friendship Walk will take place on closed roads along the National Mall. Following the event, there will be a finish line celebration with food, beverages, dancing and activities for all ages.
Best Buddies Capital Region hopes to have more than 2,000 participants lace up their shoes to walk for friendship and inclusion. The Walk is expected to raise $415,000 for Best Buddies Capital Region's School Friendship, Jobs, and Ambassadors programs.
Since 2009, more than 55,000 participants have walked in more than 26 states and three countries, raising more than $5 million for Best Buddies. Proceeds from the Friendship Walk play a fundamental part in funding Best Buddies' state programs that provide one-to-one friendships, leadership development and integrated job opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This year, our programs will work to create promising opportunities for more than 350,000 people in all 50 states.