The Washington Capitals held a round two playoff pep rally for 125 third-through eighth-grade students at St. Martin’s Lutheran School in Annapolis, Md., on May 7.
The school was selected for the assembly based on math teacher Erin Kolarik’s winning entry in a contest that invited schools to share how they celebrated the Capitals first round victory over the Boston Bruins. Kolarik, who incorporates Caps players and statistics into her lesson plans, submitted a warm-up math exercise related to the Capitals Game 7 victory.
To kick off the hour-and-a-half-long pep rally, a Capitals staff member congratulated the students and shared how meaningful their support is to the team as they compete in the playoffs. Many students were wearing Caps gear and brought signs in encouragement of the team with them to the assembly.
Capitals alumnus Sylvain Cote and team mascot Slapshot assisted with the event as students split into groups and completed activities at five stations. At the stations students had the opportunity to: participate in an outdoor street hockey scrimmage with Cote, test their shot accuracy at the slapshot inflatable, take a photo with Slapshot, make more signs in support of the Caps in the playoffs and participate in a hockey equipment demonstration. Frequently throughout the rally, school staff members led the students in a “Let’s go Caps” cheer.
A Capitals representative closed the assembly by thanking the students for their participation, which was followed by another celebratory chant in response from the students. Each student received a “Capitalize” Capitals playoff T-shirt and the Capitals also donated a set of street hockey equipment to the school.