This article is part two of a five-part series highlighting the inaugural Capital Impact Fund beneficiaries. The organizations were selected by the Capitals based on their missions and impact toward diversity in hockey, as well as on their plans to use the funding to further advance diversity, equity and inclusion in the sport. If you know of or are affiliated with an organization that you think would be a good fit for a Capital Impact Fund Grant, read more and apply at www.WashCaps.com/CIF-grant .
The year is 1976. Aerospace engineer and former semi-professional hockey player Neal Henderson, now lovingly referred to as "Coach Neal," is doing what he always does - playing hockey in his driveway with his son and the neighborhood children.
After years of playing out on the street, and through the enthusiastic insistence of his son and his friends, Henderson made the decision to form his own hockey program. Using money that he had saved, Henderson and his former high school classmate Betty Dean co-founded the Fort Dupont Cannons in 1978.