ARLINGTON, Va. –
The Washington Capitals kicked off this season’s Courage Caps on Saturday, Nov. 6, when they 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
. This season Our Military Kids is the beneficiary of Courage Caps, which go on sale Veterans Day, Nov. 11, when the Capitals host the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“Military families have to deal with so many other issues, it is nice to invite them to come out and have a little fun and enjoy skating and a pizza party,” Hendricks said.
“It’s nice the kids got to go out on the ice and then hang with the players for a little bit, while the parents got a break,” Poti added.
Camouflage Courage Caps and Courage T-shirts will be sold for $20 online at WashingtonCaps.com and at the Washington Capitals Team Store at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Courage Caps will be sold at the Fan Gear store and at stands throughout Verizon Center for $20 during Capitals home games. There will also be a limited number of autographed Courage Caps and Courage T-shirts available for sale at WashingtonCaps.com and at the community relations table located behind section 104 on the main concourse at Verizon Center. For $50 fans can purchase a Courage Cap or Courage T-shirt signed by Nicklas Backstrom
, Mike Green
, Mike Knuble
or Alex Ovechkin
; for $35, fans can purchase a Courage Cap or Courage T-shirt signed by any other individual Capitals player.
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.
“Unlike other branches of the military, the National Guard and Reserves are dispersed throughout the country, and often lack access to support services found on military bases,” said Linda Davidson, executive director of Our Military Kids. “We’re elated to be the beneficiary of Courage Caps, which will help us provide grants so these children have a positive outlet during a parent’s deployment.”
Courage Caps is in its fourth season and has raised more than $120,000 in its first three years. Courage Caps are team-issued and branded hats that will be sold at Capitals home games, at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and online at WashingtonCaps.com, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Our Military Kids.