Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation raised $11,610 for the You Can Play Project through an auction held during the Capitals' LGBTQ Night on Feb. 27 versus the Ottawa Senators.
The auction was held in conjunction with the National Hockey League's Hockey is for Everyone Month and featured select autographed player-used sticks wrapped in rainbow-color 'Pride Tape' and signed pucks featuring a rainbow Capitals logo on them. There also were a limited number of unsigned pucks and You Can Play pins for sale.
Video: Caps Use Pride Tape
One hundred percent of proceeds benefit the You Can Play Project, an organization dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, coaches and fans, without regard to sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
For the 20th year, the NHL has designated February Hockey is for Everyone™ Month to celebrate grassroots hockey and the game's growing diversity. The program offers people of all backgrounds opportunities to play hockey and leverages the sport of hockey as a catalyst to teach essential life skills and the core values of hockey: commitment, perseverance and teamwork. In addition, the initiative supports hockey programs that assist disabled military personnel in returning to their mainstream lifestyles.
To highlight the true inclusiveness found in the sport of hockey, the Capitals are recognizing different diverse groups during each February home game, including those with special needs, children, the LGBTQ community, African-Americans, women and the military. Throughout the month, visit the Capitals microsite at WashingtonCaps.com/HIFE for the latest information on Hockey is for Everyone™ Month, including news, event info, video recaps and additional information and content.