October 22, 2018

CAPS: Courage Caps Skating Party for TAPS

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson skates with a child who has found healing through TAPS. The Washington Capitals hosted more than 150 children and adults who are assisted by the program for a skating party at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Feb. 24 to launch the 2014-15 Courage Caps campaign. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson skates with a child who has found healing through TAPS. The Washington Capitals hosted more than 150 children and adults who are assisted by the program for a skating party at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Feb. 24 to launch the 2014-15 Courage Caps campaign. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals defenseman Jack Hillen poses with young fans at a skating party to benefit children and adults who have found healing through TAPS. Hillen and the children are wearing the Washington Capitals team-branded Courage Caps. The Courage Caps campaign is sponsored by Telos Corporation, and 100% of the proceeds raised through the sale of Courage Caps will go to TAPS.  (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals defenseman Jack Hillen poses with young fans at a skating party to benefit children and adults who have found healing through TAPS. Hillen and the children are wearing the Washington Capitals team-branded Courage Caps. The Courage Caps campaign is sponsored by Telos Corporation, and 100% of the proceeds raised through the sale of Courage Caps will go to TAPS. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen poses for a photo with a group of skaters. Niskanen, alongside Capitals defensemen John Carlson, Jack Hillen and Brooks Orpik, hosted a skating party at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Feb. 24 for children and adults who have found healing through TAPS. 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. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen poses for a photo with a group of skaters. Niskanen, alongside Capitals defensemen John Carlson, Jack Hillen and Brooks Orpik, hosted a skating party at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Feb. 24 for children and adults who have found healing through TAPS. 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. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik chats with young fans at a skating party to benefit children and adults who have found healing through TAPS. Orpik and the children are wearing the Washington Capitals team-branded Courage Caps. The Courage Caps campaign is sponsored by Telos Corporation, and 100% of the proceeds raised through the sale of Courage Caps will go to TAPS. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik chats with young fans at a skating party to benefit children and adults who have found healing through TAPS. Orpik and the children are wearing the Washington Capitals team-branded Courage Caps. The Courage Caps campaign is sponsored by Telos Corporation, and 100% of the proceeds raised through the sale of Courage Caps will go to TAPS. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Capitals and MSE Foundation Host Courage Caps Skating Party at Kettler Capitals Iceplex for TAPS Event kicked off 2014-15 Courage Caps presented by Telos Corporation, on sale March 5

ARLINGTON, Va. – Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation and Washington Capitals American-born players John Carlson, Jack Hillen, Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik hosted more than 150 children and adults assisted by Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) for a skating party at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

The event kicked off the 2014-15 Courage Caps campaign presented by Telos Corporation. Courage Caps are team-issued branded hats and T-shirts that will go on sale beginning Mar. 5, when the Capitals host the Minnesota Wild.

“This is a wonderful event, and we are thankful to the Washington Capitals for taking the time to really connect with the TAPS families,” said John Wood, Telos CEO. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the families of our fallen military heroes to make memories with their sports heroes.”

For the fourth-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.

“The Washington Capitals gave the children of America’s fallen heroes the special gift of their time, spending an evening skating with TAPS surviving children, signing autographs, and giving these very special children a memory that will last a lifetime,” said Bonnie Carroll, TAPS president and founder. “We are so grateful for the support of Ted Leonsis, Telos Corporation, all the Caps players and staff, and of course the loyal fans who purchase the Courage Caps every year.”

Skating party attendees participated in an hour long skating session with the Capitals players along with team mascot Slapshot and Red Rockers.

“It is an honor to skate again with the TAPS families,” said Carlson. “TAPS is a tremendous organization that provides military families with the support they need. The military sacrifices so much for our freedom and I am really thankful for these families and their loved ones who protected our country. I’m glad they could come out and spend some time with us.”

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 beginning Mar. 5. Fans may purchase hats and T-shirts signed by Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson, Mike Green, Braden Holtby, Alex Ovechkin or Tom Wilson for $50 each and hats signed by Karl Alzner, Jay Beagle, Troy Brouwer, Andre Burakovsky, Jason Chimera, Eric Fehr, Marcus Johansson, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Brooks Laich, Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik or Joel Ward for $40 each.

Since the program launched during the 2007-08 season, the Capitals and Wizards Courage campaign has donated $486,261 to charity through the sale of more than 15,000 hats in seven years and nearly 7,000 T-shirts in five years.

Telos Corporation empowers and protects the world’s most security-conscious enterprises with solutions and services for continuous security assurance of individuals, systems, and information. Telos offerings include cybersecurity solutions and services for security risk management and information assurance; secure mobility to protect globally connected enterprises; and identity management to establish trust in personnel and continuously monitor for insider threats. The company serves military, intelligence and civilian agencies of the federal government, allied nations, and commercial organizations around the world. For more information, visit www.telos.com.

CAPS: 2015 Caps Canine Calendar

Members of the Washington Capitals players participated in the 2015 Capitals Canine Calendar photo shoot to benefit Homeward Trails Animal Rescue at Potomac Regional Overlook Park in Arlington, Virginia.

A limited number of 2015 Caps Canine Calendars will be available for $20 beginning Tuesday, Dec. 2, when the Capitals host the Vancouver Canucks. The Caps Better Halves will help sell the calendars during the month of December at the MSE Foundation table located at section 104 on the main concourse. In addition the calendar will be available for purchase at the team stores at Verizon Center and Kettler Capitals Iceplex. The online sales are closed.

Players being photographed include Karl Alzner, Nicklas Backstrom, Jay Beagle, Troy Brouwer, John Carlson, Jack Hillen, Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik, Justin Peters, Aaron Volpatti, and Joel Ward with their dogs and Braden Holtby, Michael Latta, Alex Ovechkin, Dmitri Orlov and Tom Wilson with shelter dogs.

Last season $34,044.99 was donated to Homeward Trails through the sale of the 2014 Capitals Canine Calendar.

How could you resist a calendar with your favorite hockey players and adorable dogs? Here are a few of the photos posted on Twitter and Instragram.

 

@backstrom19 gets some puppy kisses after his shoot. #capscaninecalendar

A photo posted by MSE Foundation (@msefoundation) on

#CapsCanineCalendar shoot with Braden Holtby and Hogan from Homeward Trails Animal Rescue

A photo posted by MSE Foundation (@msefoundation) on

NATS: Ryan Zimmerman to Host 5th Annual ziMS “A Night at the Park”

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Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman will once again host “A Night at the Park,” presented by MASN Sports at Nationals Park on Monday, June 16. The fifth annual fundraising event for the ziMS Foundation will feature performances by country music stars Billy Currington and Jerrod Niemann. The evening includes an expanded concert experience, powered by Live Nation, along with silent and live auction featuring one-of-a-kind items and experiences.

If you haven’t done so already, please take a moment and visit http://www.nationals.com/zims for more information and to purchase tickets. Tickets start at just $35 for lower bowl reserved seats.

See photos from the 3rd Annual “A Night at the Park.”

Washington Capitals Tyson Strachan to Host Strachan Strays Fundraiser at Nationals Park on June 1

Nationals Park (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Nationals Park (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals, in conjunction with the Washington Nationals, today announced that defenseman Tyson Strachan will host a Strachan Strays fundraiser at Nationals Park on Sunday, June 1, prior to the Nationals game against the Texas Rangers, which is slated to begin at 1:35 p.m.

Strachan Strays is a charitable organization created to raise awareness about the issues of pet homelessness and to raise finances to support local no-kill animal shelters. Funds raised by Strachan Strays will benefit Homeward Trails Animal Rescue, which adopts dogs and cats from high-kill shelters to homes in the Washington, D.C., region.

Tickets are available at Nationals.com/StrachanStrays and include a donation to Strachan Strays and Homeward Trails, as well as a pregame meet and greet with Strachan.

“Every year millions of companion animals are left on the streets or euthanized in kill shelters,” said Strachan. “Our goal through education and fundraising is to end pet homelessness and overpopulation. We strive to find every animal their perfect home, and to promote responsible pet ownership.”

Strachan Strays is passionate about promoting pet adoption from a network of responsible no-kill shelters throughout the United States. The organization’s goal is to raise awareness and educate individuals on how they can make a difference in the fight to end pet homelessness. For more information visit StrachanStrays.com.

WHO: Capitals defenseman Tyson Strachan

WHAT: Hosting a Strachan Strays fundraiser at Nationals Park on June 1

WHEN: Sunday, June 1

WHERE: Washington Nationals
Nationals Park
1500 South Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

MSE Foundation Receives The Salvation Army’s Community Partner Award

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation received The Salvation Army’s Community Partner Award on May 13 at United in Service. United in Service was a Salvation Army award ceremony in recognition of volunteers and community partners for their compassionate work on behalf of The Salvation Army, which assists people in need throughout the Washington, D.C., region. (Photo Courtesy of MSE)

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation received The Salvation Army’s Community Partner Award on May 13 at United in Service. United in Service was a Salvation Army award ceremony in recognition of volunteers and community partners for their compassionate work on behalf of The Salvation Army, which assists people in need throughout the Washington, D.C., region. (Photo Courtesy of MSE)

ARLINGTON, Va. – Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation received The Salvation Army’s Community Partner Award on Tuesday, May 13, at United in Service.

United in Service was a Salvation Army award ceremony in recognition of volunteers and community partners for their compassionate work on behalf of The Salvation Army, which assists people in need throughout the Washington, D.C., region.

The Washington Capitals, Mystics and Wizards provided The Salvation Army with volunteer and financial support throughout their 2013-14 seasons. In March 2013 Capitals players delivered meals to the homeless through The Salvation Army’s Grate Patrol program, while Monumental Sports & Entertainment staff members volunteered in The Salvation Army’s Back-to-School Shopping event at Target in Hyattsville, Md., in July. In conjunction with the Capitals and Wizards toy drives, MSE Foundation donated $10,000 to The Salvation Army National Area Command in December. The Salvation Army served as the beneficiary of both the Capitals and Wizards toy drives and was a beneficiary of the Foundation’s Family-to-Family program, through which MSE teams adopt families for the holidays. The teams also hosted bell ringers as part of The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign at home games in December.

In 2013 MSE Foundation, along with the Leonsis Foundation, donated more than $1.5 million to local charities. MSE Foundation partners in 2014 include the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, Flashes of Hope, KaBOOM!, Playworks DC, the Potomac Valley Amateur Hockey Association and The Salvation Army.

MSE Foundation supports the charitable efforts of the professional teams under its umbrella: the Washington Capitals, Mystics and Wizards. MSE is committed to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and focuses on the following five pillars to maximize its impact and engagement with the community: youth basketball and hockey, education and scholarship, pediatric health and fitness, military and veterans’ affairs and hunger and homelessness.

United in Service was held in conjunction of the 100th anniversary of World War I and The Salvation Army’s United War Service Program. The event was held to celebrate volunteers, to promote positive change and to discuss how to better serve veterans in the community. David Finkel, Pulitzer Prize award recipient and Washington Post journalist served as the event’s keynote speaker.

The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command assisted more than 85,000 individuals last year from families living across the Greater Washington region by providing help and hope through a diverse range of social services. The organization offers emergency eviction and utility cut-off prevention assistance; grocery, clothing and furniture vouchers; meals for the hungry and homeless; support for the disabled, elderly and ill; drug and alcohol rehabilitation; disaster relief; transitional housing for single mothers with children; and character building opportunities for youth.

CAPS: MSEF Donates More Than $34,000 to Homeward Trails Animal Rescue

Carmen Brouwer, Courtney Parrie and Mandy Alzner present a $34,044.99 check to Homeward Trails representative Sue Bell at the Washington Capitals game on April 1. The funds were donated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation and were raised through the sale of the 2014 Caps Canine Calendars. (Photo Courtesy of MSEF)


Carmen Brouwer, Courtney Parrie and Mandy Alzner present a $34,044.99 check to Homeward Trails representative Sue Bell at the Washington Capitals game on April 1. The funds were donated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation and were raised through the sale of the 2014 Caps Canine Calendars. (Photo Courtesy of MSEF)

More Than $34,000 to Homeward Trails Animal Rescue
Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation Donates

ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals better halves Mandy Alzner, Carmen Brouwer and Courtney Parrie, fiancée of Mike Green, presented a $34,044.99 check to Homeward Trails Animal Rescue on April 1 during the Capitals game versus the Dallas Stars.

The funds were donated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation (MSEF) and were raised through the sale of the 2014 Caps Canine Calendars. The money will help provide medical and behavioral care, as well as permanent homes, for hundreds of dogs and cats rescued by Homeward Trails Animal Rescue.

The calendar features photos of Capitals players Karl Alzner, Jay Beagle, Troy Brouwer, John Carlson, John Erskine, Mike Green, Jack Hillen, Aaron Volpatti and Joel Ward with their dogs and Nicklas Backstrom, Mikhail Grabovski, Braden Holtby, Marcus Johansson, Steve Oleksy, Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson with dogs from Homeward Trails Animal Rescue.

The 2014 Caps Canine Calendar was sold at Capitals home games, at the team store at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and online at WashingtonCaps.com.

For video of the calendar photo shoot visit MonumentalNetwork.com.

Homeward Trails Animal Rescue

Homeward Trails Animal Rescue is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides pet adoption in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland. Homeward Trails seeks to find permanent adoptive homes in the Mid-Atlantic region for dogs and cats from high-kill shelters or whose owners can no longer care for them. They seek to reduce the rate of euthanasia of adoptable animals through the rescue and placement of homeless animals; to support proactive spay/neuter practices; to promote positive and ongoing behavioral training; and to educate the public about how to care for their animals in a humane way. Homeward Trails not only facilitates adoptions from local shelters, but also supports a large network of foster care providers who take homeless dogs and cats into their homes, care for them, rehabilitate them when needed, and prepare them for their permanent adoptive homes. For more information on Homeward Trails, visit http://www.homewardtrails.org/.

MSE Foundation and Telos Corporation donate more than $30,000 to TAPS

Monumental Foundation Logo

MSE FOUNDATION & TELOS CORPORATION DONATE MORE THAN $30,000 TO TAPS

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation and Telos Corporation joined forces this past November for the inaugural Washington Wizards Courage Program. Hats with the word “Courage” written in the Wizards’ wordmark were sold with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).

Courage hats autographed by various Wizards players including Bradley Beal, Marcin Gortat, Otto Porter, John Wall and Martell Webster were sold at the Verizon Center Team Store resulting in proceeds of $31,571.77. During the Wizards game against the Brooklyn Nets on March 15, Ted Leonsis, majority owner, chairman and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment was joined by John Wood, Telos CEO and Chairman to present the funds to Bonnie Carroll, founder and president of TAPS.

Photo 1: Ted Leonsis, founder, chairman, majority owner and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, John Wood, Telos CEO Chairman and Bonnie Carroll, founder and president of TAPS during the Wizards game on March 15.

About TAPS
TAPS is a nonprofit organization that provides ongoing emotional help, hope and healing to all who are grieving the death of a loved one in military service to America, regardless of their relationship to the deceased, geography or circumstance of the death. TAPS offers comfort and care through comprehensive services and programs, including peer-based emotional support, case work assistance, regional seminars and retreats for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, and grief and trauma resources. Founded out of tragedy in 1994, TAPS has assisted more than 44,000 grieving military families and their caregivers.

About Telos Corporation
Telos Corporation has provided innovative IT solutions and services to the federal government for more than 30 years, focusing since 1997 on cybersecurity. Telos solutions ensure that the government’s most security-conscious organizations comply with demanding federal and DoD information security mandates. Offerings include Xacta® IA Manager for enterprise IT security management, enterprise security consulting services, secure networks, secure enterprise messaging, and secure identity management solutions. Solutions are represented to the federal government on Telos’ GSA schedule. For more information, visit www.telos.com.

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation
Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation supports the charitable efforts of the professional teams under its umbrella: the Washington Capitals, Mystics and Wizards. MSE is committed to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and focuses on the following five pillars to maximize its impact on the community: education and scholarship, hunger and homelessness, military and veterans’ affairs, pediatric health and fitness and youth basketball and hockey. In 2013 Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation, along with the Leonsis Foundation, will donate more than $1.5 million to local charities. More than $1,000,000 has been donated to date.

TAPS (Photo Courtesy of MSE Foundation)

CAPS: Washington Capitals Launch Courage Caps

ARLINGTON, VA - JANUARY 20:  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson models the 2013-14 Courage Cap and T-shirt. Courage Caps are team-issued branded hats and T-shirts will go on sale Feb. 4 when the Capitals face off against the New York Islanders. This season the Courage Caps program is sponsored by Telos Corporation with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Washington Capitals)

MSE Foundation and Washington Capitals Launch Courage Caps, Presented by Telos Corporation, to Support TAPS

ARLINGTON, Va. – Courage Caps, Washington Capitals team-issued branded hats and T-shirts, will go on sale beginning Tuesday, Feb. 4, MSE Foundation and the Washington Capitals announced today. This season Courage Caps are sponsored by Telos Corporation, and 100% of the proceeds will benefit Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).

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. 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, presented by Telos Corporation, 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.

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.

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.

To launch the 2013-14 campaign, Washington Capitals American-born players John Carlson, Connor Carrick and Jack Hillen will host more than 120 children and adults assisted by TAPS for a skating party at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Monday, Feb. 3.

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation
Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation supports the charitable efforts of the professional teams under its umbrella: the Washington Capitals, Mystics and Wizards. MSE Foundation is committed to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and focuses on the following five pillars to maximize its impact on the community: education and scholarship, hunger and homelessness, military and veterans’ affairs, pediatric health and fitness and youth basketball and hockey.

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors

TAPS is the national organization providing compassionate care for the families of America’s fallen military heroes. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, seminars for adults, good grief camps for children, case work assistance and a 24/7 resource helpline for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces, regardless of the location of the death or the circumstances of the death. Services are provided free of charge. For more information about TAPS, visit www.taps.org or call the toll-free help line at 1.800.959.TAPS (8277).

Telos Corporation

Telos Corporation has provided innovative IT solutions and services to the federal government for more than 30 years, focusing since 1997 on cybersecurity. Telos solutions ensure that the government’s most security-conscious organizations comply with demanding federal and DoD information security mandates. Offerings include Xacta® IA Manager for enterprise IT security management, enterprise security consulting services, secure networks, secure enterprise messaging, and secure identity management solutions. Solutions are represented to the federal government on Telos’ GSA schedule. For more information, visit www.telos.com.

Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner and forward Nicklas Backstrom model the 2013-14 Capitals Courage Cap and T-shirt sponsored by Telos Corporation. A limited number of autographed Courage Caps and T-shirts will be available for purchase online at WashingtonCaps.com and at the MSE Foundation table at Verizon Center starting Feb. 4. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner and forward Nicklas Backstrom model the 2013-14 Capitals Courage Cap and T-shirt sponsored by Telos Corporation. A limited number of autographed Courage Caps and T-shirts will be available for purchase online at WashingtonCaps.com and at the MSE Foundation table at Verizon Center starting Feb. 4. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Washington Capitals)

CAPS: Braden Holtby Grants Wish

Braden Nienaber, an 8-year-old Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, native, participates in a ceremonial puck drop with Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and Sabres captain Steve Ott during the Jan. 12 Capitals game at Verizon Center. The experience was part of a wish granted by the Capitals in partnership with The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Braden Nienaber, an 8-year-old Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, native, participates in a ceremonial puck drop with Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and Sabres captain Steve Ott during the Jan. 12 Capitals game at Verizon Center. The experience was part of a wish granted by the Capitals in partnership with The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

 

 Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby chats with 8-year-old Braden Nienaber during warmups at the Capitals game on Jan. 12. Nienaber’s wish, granted through The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, was to meet Holtby. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby chats with 8-year-old Braden Nienaber during warmups at the Capitals game on Jan. 12. Nienaber’s wish, granted through The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, was to meet Holtby. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

 

Braden Nienaber skates with Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Jan. 11. The 8-year-old’s wish was to meet Holtby and also included a tour of the Capitals locker room and participation in a ceremonial puck drop, among other activities. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Braden Nienaber skates with Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Jan. 11. The 8-year-old’s wish was to meet Holtby and also included a tour of the Capitals locker room and participation in a ceremonial puck drop, among other activities. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

 

Washington Capitals Braden Holtby Grants Wish of
The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada Child

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals and Braden Holtby partnered with the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada to grant the wish of 8-year-old Braden Nienaber to meet the Caps goaltender from Jan. 11-12.

On Saturday, Jan. 11, the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, native skated with Holtby as well as other Capitals players following the conclusion of practice. He also received a tour of the Capitals locker room from Holtby and was presented with a custom jersey and locker nameplate as well as signed equipment.

On Sunday, Jan. 12, Nienaber was given a private tour of Verizon Center and rode on the Olympia ice resurfacer pregame. He also participated in a ceremonial puck-drop and watched warmups from the Capitals bench. During the first intermission Nienaber played in a mascot hockey game, and he received a tour of the press box and television booths during the second intermission. Following the game, Nienaber met Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and Holtby in the Capitals locker room.

Nienaber was diagnosed with Langerhans cell histiocytosis in 2011 and has undergone multiple surgeries and chemotherapy. Langerhans cell histiocytosis is a disease similar to cancer in which white blood cells multiply too quickly, causing bone and organ damage.

Holtby and Nienaber met previously when Holtby played for the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League.

“As a kid that age to be in a NHL locker room around NHL players, his heroes, it’s something that he will never forget,” said Holtby. “I just wanted to pitch in and make it the best experience for him as possible. It was an honor to help make Braden’s wish come true.”

Visit MonumentalNetwork.com to view a video recap of the weekend and ceremonial puck drop.

Each year, thousands of Canadian children between the ages of three and 17 are diagnosed with a life threatening illness. Since 1984, The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada has worked tirelessly to grant exceptional wishes to over 20,000 children and their families.

This year, the Foundation expects to grant over 1,000 new wishes and is proud to have never refused a wish to an eligible child, and with the help of volunteers and generous donors, is able to grant nearly three wishes every day. Each wish is an individual adventure, carefully structured to meet the needs of a particular child and family. The Foundation is a national charity with chapters in every province and territory. Visit www.childrenswish.ca for more information.

Caps, Mystics and Wizards Shop for Families in DC Area

Washington Capitals wives, girlfriends and staff pose with Walmart employees during Monumental Sports & Entertainment's Family-to-Family initiative. Attendees included (front row l-r) Ashley Beagle, wife of Capitals forward Jay Beagle, Brandi Holtby, wife of Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby, Mandy Alzner, wife of Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner, Courtney Parrie, fiancee of Capitals defenseman Mike Green, Claire Volpatti, wife of Capitals forward Aaron Volpatti, and Gina Nucci, girlfriend of Capitals defenseman John Carlson. (Photo courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals wives, girlfriends and staff pose with Walmart employees during Monumental Sports & Entertainment’s Family-to-Family initiative. Attendees included (front row l-r) Ashley Beagle, wife of Capitals forward Jay Beagle, Brandi Holtby, wife of Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby, Mandy Alzner, wife of Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner, Courtney Parrie, fiancee of Capitals defenseman Mike Green, Claire Volpatti, wife of Capitals forward Aaron Volpatti, and Gina Nucci, girlfriend of Capitals defenseman John Carlson. (Photo courtesy of Washington Capitals)

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MSE FOUNDATION KICKS OFF HOLIDAY SEASON
WITH WALMART SHOPPING EVENT

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation kicked off the holiday season with a shopping spree at Walmart for its annual Family-to-Family initiative on Nov. 21. This holiday season the wives and girlfriends of Washington Capitals, Mystics and Wizards players and coaches will assist in shopping, wrapping and delivering gifts to underserved families in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

Mandy Alzner, wife of Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner, Brandi Holtby, wife of Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby, Monika Hybnerova, girlfriend of Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth, Gina Nucci, girlfriend of Capitals defenseman John Carlson, Courtney Parrie, fiancée of Capitals defenseman Mike Green, and Claire Volpatti, wife of Capitals forward Aaron Volpatti, shopped for 20 families at the Walmart Supercenter located in Tyson’s Corner on Nov 21.

Combined the participants spent nearly $20,000 on gifts for local families. Children will receive clothing, educational items and toys, while parents and guardians will receive clothing and household items along with giftcards.

“It’s a great opportunity,” said Parrie. “It’s so special. It’s a great time of the year with the holidays and being able to give back to the community is a wonderful opportunity.”

The trip marked the third year the Capitals, Mystics and Wizards have joined forces to participate in the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Family-to-Family program.

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation supports the charitable efforts of the professional teams under its umbrella: the Washington Capitals, Mystics and Wizards. MSE Foundation is committed to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and focuses on the following five pillars to maximize its impact on the community: education and scholarship, hunger and homelessness, military and veterans’ affairs, pediatric health and fitness and youth basketball and hockey. In 2013 MSE Foundation, along with the Leonsis Foundation, will donate more than $1.5 million to local charities. More than $1 million has been donated to date.

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