Founded in 1978 by Neal Henderson, the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Program (FDIHP) is a development program that provides local and inner-city youth in Washington, D.C., the opportunity to participate in an organized ice hockey program. Kids on Ice is a community ice skating program for children offering free lessons with all equipment provided.
Prior to the practice, Grubauer and Latta presented a check in the amount of $42,000 to the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club on behalf of Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation
. The funds are part of a grant from the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation
. Twenty-three Capitals players made pledges to the Teammates for Kids Foundation’s Top Shelf Teammates program. Every dollar contributed by players is tripled through an affiliation with other donors.
Through grants received from the Teammates for Kids Foundation, the Washington Capitals have donated $175,400 to the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Program since 2003.
In addition MSE Foundation partner Leveling the Playing Field
(LPF), whose mission is to give underprivileged children the opportunity to be involved in athletics, donated hockey equipment to Fort Dupont during the practice. This equipment was collected at several Capitals rink partner ice rinks during the course of the season.
Fort Dupont Ice Arena is the only full-size indoor ice arena in Washington, D.C., and the Cannons are the oldest minority youth hockey program in North America. The FDICP is the oldest ice hockey program that is a member of the Hockey is for Everyone ™
initiative. The program’s goal is to teach young people discipline, self-esteem and a sense of purpose and to offer an incentive to excel academically.