Monumental Sports & Entertainment has announced TAPS (The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) - a nonprofit offering compassionate care to all those grieving the loss of a military loved one - will be its community partner in November as the organization shines a light on military all month long.
TAPS is the national organization that provides compassionate care for the families of those grieving the loss of a military loved one. The mission of TAPS is to provide peer-based emotional support to all those who are grieving the death of someone who died during or as a result of their military service to the United States. Through an established peer mentoring network, case work assistance, in-person care groups, and online support services, TAPS supports the families of the fallen 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Survivors can connect with others in-person at TAPS grief seminars and retreats for adults, and TAPS Good Grief Camps and Campouts for children. Families and members of the public can also honor the fallen through Team TAPS and teams4taps events.
In collaboration with the Washington Capitals and LIUNA, the Laborers' International Union of North America, Courage Caps and shirts will be sold online at WashCaps.com/Courage and at the Team Stores at MedStar Capitals Iceplex and Capital One Arena during the month of November. Courage T-shirts are available for $20 each, Courage Caps for $25 each and ¾ Sleeve Raglan Tees for $30 each. Click here to purchase.
"The families of America's fallen heroes are cheering on our Monumental teams and sending our heartfelt thanks to all the owners, players, fans, staff and friends," Bonnie Carroll, President and Founder of TAPS, said. "We are so grateful for everything that Monumental has done to honor all those who have paid the ultimate price for freedom."
In addition to Courage Caps, Monumental will encourage players, employees and fans to support TAPS across its myriad of platforms both online and in-arena in November. Additionally, proceeds from the 50/50 raffle at Wizards and Capitals games, "Round up at the Register" at the Team Stores at Capital One Arena and ESA, the Capitals Veterans Day Jersey Auction and a monthly grant by the MSE Foundation will benefit TAPS. Fans can also click here to make a direct donation.
"Supporting our brave men and women in the armed forces and their families has always been very important to us at Monumental," Monica Dixon, Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff at Monumental Sports & Entertainment, said. "TAPS provides remarkable resources to the families of America's fallen military heroes and we couldn't be more proud to help amplify their mission and salute these heroes during the month of November."
"LIUNA has always been and will always be a staunch supporter of the courageous men and women who have sacrificed themselves in the defense of our nation," said LIUNA General President Terry O'Sullivan. "Caring for the families suffering the loss of a service member is crucial work and LIUNA is honored to help support the efforts of TAPS."
Monumental announced its new social impact program in mid-September which will shine the spotlight on a different issue area and a corresponding nonprofit partner working to better the community by lifting up and amplifying the stories of these impactful organizations, regularly engaging through service and grants, and making ongoing business investments that strengthen the region with a centralized focus on kids, heroes, and community. Monthly themes include youth sports, military, season of giving, child health, community service, black history month, mentorship, first responders, sustainability, education, women's health and equality and inclusion. In addition to a monthly grant to each organization made by the MSE Foundation, Monumental employees, players and fans will get involved in new ways by engaging in volunteer activities, amplifying key messages, learning about community change agents and through time and monetary donations. Fans will have multiple opportunities monthly, both in game and online, to show their support of each partner.
To learn more about Monumental's new social impact program, click here.
About Monumental Sports & Entertainment:
Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE), located in Washington, D.C., is one of the largest integrated sports and entertainment companies in the country with one of the most diverse partnership groups in all of sports. MSE owns and operates seven professional sports teams: NBA's Washington Wizards, NBA G League's Capital City Go-Go, NBA 2K League's Wizards District Gaming, the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals and the 2019 WNBA champion Washington Mystics. The company is also co-owner of aXiomatic, which has controlling interest in global esports franchise Team Liquid, and owns and operates Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. Monumental Sports & Entertainment also manages MedStar Capitals Iceplex, the state-of-the-art training facility for the Capitals and EagleBank Arena on George Mason University's campus. In conjunction with the District of Columbia and Events DC, MSE is a partner in a new sports and entertainment facility in Southeast DC on the St. Elizabeth's East campus that opened in September 2018. Facility highlights include MedStar Wizards Performance Center, the brand-new training facility for the Wizards, Go-Go and Mystics, and a 4,200-seat arena which will serve as the new home of the Mystics and Go-Go. Monumental Sports & Entertainment also co-owns and operates Monumental Sports Network (MSN) with the NBC Sports Group. MSN is the mid-Atlantic region's top destination for exclusive fan experiences and original sports content across desktop, tablet, mobile and OTT streaming devices. Visit www.monumentalsports.com.
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is the leading national organization providing compassionate care and survivor support services for the families of America's fallen military heroes. Since 1994, TAPS has offered support to more than 90,000 survivors of fallen military in the form of peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, grief seminars and retreats for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, casework assistance, connections to community-based care, online and in-person support groups and a 24/7 resource and information helpline for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces. Services are provided free of charge. For more information go to www.taps.org or call the toll-free TAPS resource and information helpline at 1.800.959.TAPS (8277).
LIUNA, the Laborers' International Union of North America, is a strong and proud union of workers founded by immigrants in 1903. A half-million strong, we are united through collective bargaining agreements which help us earn family supporting pay, good benefits and the opportunity for advancement and better lives. Chartered as a construction union, LIUNA is also one of the most diverse and effective unions representing public employees, federal employees, and service contract workers. LIUNA members are a skilled and experienced workforce trained to work safely in the construction and energy industries. Members build infrastructure - from roads, bridges, and transit to schools and skyscrapers. Members also work in every area of the energy sector, helping to build solar plants, wind farms, and natural gas and oil pipelines, as well as, being skilled in the maintenance of nuclear and coal power plant facilities.