Capitals Give Back to USO-Metro through Courage Caps Check Presentation
/ Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals forwards Mike Knuble and Brendan Morrison presented the USO of Metropolitan Washington with a check in the amount of $38,109.27 from the money the team raised through Courage Caps, presented by Microsoft, on Tuesday, May 25, at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.
“Just to see them out there playing hockey is inspiring,” said Knuble. “These guys put their lives on the line for us everyday and to be able to see their passion for hockey is amazing,” said Morrison.
Chief Operating Officer for the USO of Metropolitan Washington Cheryl Hall received the check along with the wounded warriors from Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Naval Medical Center.
“USO-Metro is grateful to the Washington Capitals for their continued support,” said Hall. “The Capitals’ commitment to the troops and their families through USO-Metro is incredible, we are especially thankful for the time these wounded service members have had on the ice and with the players today.”
Washington Capitals Charities provided ice time at Kettler Capitals Iceplex for 35 wounded warriors from USA Warriors to practice hockey – half of whom played sled hockey – before the check presentation. After their practice, the wounded warriors and their families were treated to lunch with Knuble and Morrison.
“To be able to spend some time with them after was special, to hangout and talk to them was great,” said Knuble. “It was nice to sit down and meet some of the guys and their families,” said Morrison.
Courage Caps, presented by Microsoft, are in their third season and have raised nearly $100,000 for local charities. Courage Caps are team-issued and branded hats that are sold at Capitals home games, at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and online at WashingtonCaps.com with 100% of the proceeds benefiting a different charity each year.
USO-Metro is a private, nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to “Serving those who serve, and their families” in Washington D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia. With the help of nearly 5,000 devoted volunteers, USO-Metro provides programs and services for active duty troops and their families at area military hospitals; through its Mobile USO program; at four USO Centers, four USO airport lounges and through Operation USO Care Package. For more information please visit www.usometro.org.