Caps community relations updates
By Nicole Weissman
Here are a few of the Caps’ recent and upcoming community relations happenings. Has anyone out there participated in any of these programs? Anything you’d like to see the Caps do to reach out to the community or promote a good cause? Personally, I could go for NFL-esque pink equipment to support breast cancer awareness. Pink laces for Ovie, perhaps, instead of the usual yellow? Just a thought…
Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month
The Caps’ involvement in this league-wide initiative features a partnership with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLA). Fans can donate specifically to the National Capital Area Chapter at http://www.lls.org/capsfans. This Saturday, October 23, is Hockey Fights Cancer Night, and the Caps will be honoring 30 Caps fans who have been affected by leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s Disease or myeloma. Also participating in the ceremony will be Matt Bradley, Mike Knuble, and Tyler Sloan, whose mothers have all battled cancer.
$10,000 Donation to the Movember Foundation
As part of the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month, the NHL provided each team with a $10,000 grant to be donated to a cancer organization of the team’s choice. The Caps will be donating their grant money to the Movember Foundation. According to the Foundation’s website, they challenge men to “change their appearance and the face of men’s health by growing a mustache” during the month of November. Funds raised by the Movember Foundation are evenly split between the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) and LIVESTRONG, the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
“Live Positively” Clinic
On Tuesday, October 12, the Caps partnered with Coca-Cola to host a “Live Positively” clinic at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. A hundred and fifty students from the D.C. area participated in three stations teaching them about nutrition, hockey equipment, and exercise.
Capitals Hockey School with Karl Alzner and Tyler Sloan
As part of the Capitals Hockey School program, Karl Alzner, Tyler Sloan and Assistant Coach Bob Woods visited Lanier Middle School in Fairfax this past Monday, October 18. All three participated in a Q&A session, then worked with students on stickhandling, passing, and shooting drills, before finishing with a scrimmage pitting students against teachers. The Caps are hosting two Hockey School visits during each month of the regular season.
$25,000 Grant to Potomac Valley Amateur Hockey Association (PVAHA)
The Washington Capitals Charities announced a $25,000 donation to the PVAHA, an increase from last year’s $20,000 donation. The contribution will go towards supporting the John Crerar Hockey Development Grant Program, which in turn promotes amateur hockey throughout the D.C. area.
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| October 21, 2010; 4:20 PM ET
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