ARLINGTON, Va., January 30, 2014 — Washington Capitals American-born players John Carlson, Connor Carrick and Jack Hillen will host more than 120 children and adults assisted by Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) for a skating party at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Monday, February 3, from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
The event kicks off the 2013-14 Courage Caps campaign sponsored by Telos Corporation. Courage Caps are team-issued branded hats and T-shirts that will go on sale beginning February 4, when the Capitals host the New York Islanders.
For the third consecutive season, TAPS is the beneficiary of Courage Caps. TAPS is a nonprofit organization that provides comfort and care for anyone who is grieving the death of someone who died while serving in the military. TAPS will receive 100% of the proceeds raised through the sale of Courage Caps.
Funds raised will provide peer-based emotional support, regional seminars for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, case work assistance, grief and trauma resources and a 24/7 resource and information helpline for bereaved military families.
Courage Caps and T-shirts will be sold for $20 online at WashingtonCaps.com, at the Washington Capitals Team Store at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and at the Team Store and at stands throughout Verizon Center during Capitals home games. There will also be a limited number of autographed Courage Caps and T-shirts available for sale at WashingtonCaps.com and at the MSE Foundation table located behind section 104 on the main concourse at Verizon Center.
For $50 fans can purchase a Courage Cap or T-shirt signed by Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson, Mike Green, Braden Holtby, Alex Ovechkin or Tom Wilson; for $40 fans can purchase a Courage Cap or T-shirt signed by any other individual Capitals player. Fans will be able to order hats or T-shirts signed by any rostered player online.
A select number of autographed hats and T-shirts will be on sale at the MSE Foundation table at section 104 on the main concourse at Verizon Center. When the Capitals host the New York Islanders on Feb. 4, fans may purchase hats and T-shirts signed by Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson, Mike Green, Braden Holtby, Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson for $50 each and hats signed by Karl Alzner, Troy Brouwer, Jason Chimera, Mikhail Grabovski, Philipp Grubauer, Marcus Johansson, Brooks Laich and Joel Ward for $40 each.
Since the program launched during the 2007-08 season, the Courage Caps campaign has set a new record each year, donating a total of nearly $350,000 to charity through the sale of 12,000 Courage Caps in six years and more than 5,000 T-shirts in four years.
The above information provided by Verizon Center; The information is deemed reliable.
Kevin J. Wells is the Sports Editor for Communities Digital News and also writes about Major League Baseball, punk rock music, and food. Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball