– Washington Capitals forwards Matt Hendricks
, Mike Knuble
and David Steckel presented Our Military Kids with a check in the amount of $45,836.99 – a new record - from the money the team raised through Courage Caps on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. The Capitals sold 1,850 Courage Caps and 871 Courage T-shirts during the team’s 2010 campaign.
“Our Military Kids is incredibly grateful to be the beneficiary of Courage Caps this season,” said Linda Davidson, executive director of Our Military Kids. “The hard work and compassion of the entire Capitals team and staff will help more than 100 children of deployed National Guardsmen and Reservists participate in activities that allow them to focus on something positive during a difficult time. While our service members are overseas protecting our families, it is wonderful that Caps fans are supporting their children back home.”
This year the Caps sold Camouflage Courage Caps and Camouflage Courage T-shirts for $20 online at WashingtonCaps.com
and at the Washington Capitals Team Store at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Camouflage Courage Caps were also sold at the Fan Gear store and at stands throughout Verizon Center during Capitals home games. For $50 fans were able to purchase Courage Caps or T-shirts signed by Nicklas Backstrom
, Mike Green
or Alex Ovechkin
; for $35, fans were able to purchase Courage Caps or T-shirts signed by any other individual Capitals player. All proceeds benefitted Our Military Kids.
Washington Capitals Charities hosted 35 families from Our Military Kids to a two-hour long skating party and pizza lunch at Kettler Capitals Iceplex with Caps forwards Matt Hendricks
, Mike Knuble
, David Steckel and defenseman Tom Poti
on Nov. 6, 2010 to kick off the initiative.
Courage Caps is in its fourth season and has raised more than $135,000 in its first four years. The Washington Capitals have sold more than 6,500 Courage Caps in four years and more than 1,200 Courage T-shirts in just two years.
Our Military Kids provides grants to the children of deployed National Guard and Military Reserve personnel, as well as children of all Wounded Warriors. The grants pay for participation in activities such as sports, fine arts and tutoring, which nurture and sustain the children while a parent is overseas serving our country. Our Military Kids grants are made to honor the sacrifices military families make and to ensure the children have access to activities and support that help them better cope with challenges arising during a parent's deployment or recovery.