The Washington Capitals helped raise $8,357 on Oct. 21 at WALK NOW, a charity walk on the National Mall benefiting the Cure Autism Now Foundation. Cure Autism Now is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and funding autism research and accelerating the pace of scientific progress toward effective treatments and a cure for autism.
Capitals players Olie Kolzig, Brent Johnson, Dainius Zubrus and Brian Pothier stopped by the walk before their morning skate to show their support, while Caps players’ wives and girlfriends led the Capitals walk team which also featured 59 Caps fans. Kolzig, a co-founder of Athletes Against Autism which is an initiative of Cure Autism Now, served as the honorary chair of the event. The Caps goaltender addressed the crowd of thousands, speaking about his personal experiences with autism and thanking the walkers for coming out to help make a difference.
Cure Autism Now is hosting walks in 17 cities throughout the U.S. in 2006. The Washington, D.C., walk raised $622,642 as of Oct. 23.
Athletes Against Autism was co-founded by Capitals goaltender Olie Kolzig, whose son Carson is autistic. An initiative of Cure Autism Now, Athletes Against Autism was organized to raise awareness and funds for autism research, treatment and family support programs. For more information about Athletes Against Autism, visit www.athletesagainstautism.org.