The Washington Capitals hosted Hockey is for Everyone Night at their game against the Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday, Feb. 26. This event marked the culmination of Hockey is for Everyone Month, an NHL Diversity initiative that is designed to celebrate hockey’s growth and diversity.
As part of the Caps’ Hockey is for Everyone Night, the team presented a check in the amount of $10,000 to the Fort Dupont ice hockey program. Capitals captain Chris Clark presented the check to Fort Dupont youth hockey players Katherine Baker, Kelvin O'Kelley and Rakeem Smith, the team’s manager, Betty Dean, the founder of the Fort Dupont ice hockey program, Neal Henderson and team supporters Patricia Baker and Rashaan Smith. The check presentation took place during the first intermission of the Capitals game.
The money donated to Fort Dupont came through a grant from The Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation, a nonprofit corporation that contributes financial resources to other nonprofit organizations that focus on helping children in the areas of health, education and inner-city services. Many Capitals players are currently involved with the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation, the official kids’ charity of both the NHL and NHL Players Association.
In keeping with the game’s theme of Hockey is for Everyone, youth hockey players from Fort Dupont formed the Caps Flag Tunnel and the Ice Crew consisted of players from the Montgomery Youth Hockey Association Girls. Special Hockey Washington participated in a shootout during the first intermission and the Gerihatricks, a squad consisting of players ranging from 60 to 70 plus years of age, entertained the crowd during the second intermission. The American University Lady Eagles also fundraised at the game by selling programs.