The Washington Capitals hosted a pep rally on Friday, April 16, at Stafford Middle School in Stafford, Va., for 110 sixth-grade students. Stafford Middle School was selected for the round one Caps Pep Rally presented by Capital One Bank because they submitted a photo showing students holding signs and displaying their Caps spirit as part of their entry for the Caps Sign Contest.
The one-hour pep rally kicked off with Capitals radio announcer, Steve Kolbe, congratulating the students and encouraging them to wave the Caps Capital One Bank rally towels they received upon entering the gymnasium. Students chanted “Let’s Go Caps” and team mascot, Slapshot, entertained the audience. Kolbe urged Slapshot to demonstrate his ability to run laps around the gymnasium and do one-handed push-ups together with a student volunteer.
Then the students were divided into five groups and headed to their first station where they received Caps “Rock the Red” Stanley Cup Playoff T-shirts. At each of the five stations, students had the opportunity to: participate in a street hockey scrimmage outside on the blacktop, test their shot accuracy, take a photo with Slapshot, help create banners to be hung above the Caps practice rink at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and learn, ask questions about and try on hockey equipment.
Lastly, students and teachers chanted their support for the Caps during the playoffs and posed for pictures alongside Slapshot with the banners they had made. The banners now hang above the Caps practice rink displaying Stafford Middle School’s support for the team.
The Capitals are asking local schools and classes to support the team’s playoff run by making signs to show their Caps spirit. Principals, teachers, students and parents are encouraged to get their schools involved. Email a photo of your class or school with a Caps sign or signs – this could be one huge sign made by the entire school or a class full of students exhibiting their individual signs. Feel free to incorporate unique slogans, Caps memorabilia, player pictures and of course lots of red into your signs and photos. The Capitals will decide which classes and schools have the most Caps spirit. For each round of the playoffs one class or school will be selected as a winner.
To enter the Caps Sign Contest or for more information, please visit www.WashingtonCaps.com/peprally