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Registration Now Open for Future Caps Learn to Play Program

Program provides free head-to-toe equipment and instruction to children ages five to nine

by Washington Capitals @capitals / WashingtonCaps.com

ARLINGTON, Va. - Registration for the Washington Capitals Future Caps Learn to Play (LTP) program presented by World Wide Technology (WWT) is now open at WashCaps.com/LearnToPlay.

Open to first-time participants, the LTP initiative provides free head-to-toe equipment to children ages five to nine, age appropriate on-ice instruction, and certified coaching in a fun and safe atmosphere. Equipment kits include a helmet, shoulder pads, elbow pads, gloves, pants, shin pads, socks, skates, jersey, stick and an equipment bag.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the rink locations and program options vary, and have limited capacity. For a full list of available programs, click here.

Each participating rink is providing affordable LTP programming with the goal of increasing participation in ice hockey. Lesson plans were developed by the Capitals Youth Hockey Development Department in conjunction with select Capitals alumni and is based on USA Hockey's American Development model, which focuses on cross ice-skating and skill development.

"We are excited to have the Future Caps program back up and running in our local rinks," said Capitals Director of Youth Hockey Development Peter Robinson. "This is a great option for families looking to stay active and get involved in a new community. The low-cost provides an entry point into the sport of hockey, and we hope all participants fall in love with the sport the way we have."

"WWT is proud to support the Future Caps program and its goal of enabling children to learn the great game of hockey," said Bryan Thomas, Senior Vice President of Public Sector for WWT. "The pandemic has put a strain on our youth both mentally and physically. Investing in a program that reduces the cost burden of hockey and gets more kids active aligns perfectly with our focus of giving back to the communities we serve. Learning to play hockey will also create an opportunity to develop life skills such as character, teamwork, respect and determination."

For more information and to register visit WashCaps.com/LearnToPlay.

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