The Washington Capitals and Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation N1KY auction presented by Leidos featuring autographed Nicklas Backstrom tribute jerseys and pucks in honor of Backstrom's 1,000th game raised $70,260 for charity.
Capitals players wore the third jerseys featuring the "W" on the front, with Backstrom's number 19 on the back and the alternate captain's "A" on the chest during warmups on April 15 vs. Buffalo in honor of Backstrom's 1,000th career NHL game.
Top-selling items in the fundraiser included jerseys worn and signed by Backstrom, Ovechkin and Wilson, an autographed team puck set and a N1KY puck signed by Backstrom. Nineteen items in the auction sold for $1,000 or more.
Proceeds benefit 2020-21 So Kids Can beneficiary Kid Power, Inc. and the Washington Capitals Capital Impact Fund.
About So Kids Can and Kid Power, Inc.
So Kids Can was created in 2008 by former Capitals defenseman Mike Green and Elliot Segal to benefit youth-focused, nonprofit organizations. Backstrom and former Caps forward Brooks Laich joined the cause in 2011, former Caps defenseman Karl Alzner and goaltender Braden Holtby joined in 2015, Tom Wilson joined in 2017 and Brenden Dillon joined in 2021. To date, So Kids Can has donated more than half a million dollars to charity.
In January, So Kids Can members announced Kid Power, Inc. as the program's 2020-21 beneficiary. Through So Kids Can, the players and Segal pledge $50 per Capitals win during the regular-season and $100 per win during the playoffs to Kid Power, Inc. Fans are also encouraged to donate at WashCaps.com/sokidscan.
Kid Power, Inc. inspires youth leadership by promoting academic advancement, physical and emotional wellness, and positive civic engagement in underserved communities throughout the District of Columbia. Kid Power is the only nonprofit, expanded learning program offering a three-pronged approach to helping underserved D.C. students grow and become engaged leaders in their communities. Each year, Kid Power helps hundreds of youth succeed academically, empowers them to become engaged leaders and responsible citizens, and fosters healthy living through community gardens. Kid Power students work every day to build a stronger, healthier and more resilient District.
About the Capital Impact Fund
The Capitals launched the Capital Impact Fund in conjunction with the 2020-21 season as a program that designates funds to organizations that can assist in eliminating cost barriers faced by local hockey players, from youth to elite players.
The fund will help minority youth players reach their greatest potential and aims to ensure that anyone who wants to play, watch, teach, officiate, or otherwise engage with the sport of hockey is able to do so. Learn more at WashCaps.com.