October 1, 2020

CAPS: Washington Capitals to Host Salute to the Military Night April 4

Capitals Weagle LogoThe Washington Capitals will host their tenth annual Salute to the Military Night on Thursday, April 4 during the game against the New York Islanders at Verizon Center. Salute to the Military Night is a special evening dedicated to honoring the men and women who have served the country in the armed forces.

With the support of corporate sponsors the Capitals have provided thousands of complimentary tickets to military personnel and their dependents over the course of the ten-year program.

The Capitals will pay tribute to the military throughout the evening through in-game and intermission activities. During pre-game warm-ups the Capitals will wear camouflage jerseys, which will be signed and auctioned off during the game at section 109. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to anyone who has suffered the loss of a military loved one.

Military personnel will staff recruiting booths throughout Verizon Center where fans can pick up information on the branches of service. The U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs, which helps service members transition into civilian life following combat, also will be represented. The first intermission will feature a mites on ice group from the Navy Youth Hockey Association while the second intermission will feature the USA Warriors hockey team.

In addition, Courage Caps and T-shirts will be sold starting at $20 at tables at sections 104, 113 and 405 on the concourse and at the Team Store and stands throughout Verizon Center. For the second-consecutive season Courage Caps are sponsored by SKYDEX Technologies, and 100% of the proceeds will benefit TAPS.

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Capitals Help Families of the Fallen Through TAPS
With 2011 Courage Caps Campaign

Courage Caps presented by SKYDEX Technologies raised more than $100,000 for charity

ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals team president Dick Patrick and SKYDEX Technologies president and CEO Mike Buchen presented Bonnie Carroll, president and founder of Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), with a check in the amount of $105,742.76 on Tuesday, Mar. 7, at Verizon Center as part of Caps Military Night. This money was raised through the Capitals Courage Caps program presented by SKYDEX Technologies, and raised more than double the 2010-11 campaign. The Capitals sold 2,464 Courage Caps and 1,923 Courage T-shirts during 2011-12 season.

“The great success of this year’s campaign has gratified and overwhelmed us all,” said Buchen, whose SKYDEX Technologies sponsored this season’s campaign. “There is no organization more deserving than TAPS and no better partner than the Washington Capitals. SKYDEX is proud to have been part of this effort.”

“We at TAPS are deeply grateful for the Capitals’ commitment to military families and for their energy in carrying out this year’s campaign”, said Carroll. “And we are grateful to SKYDEX Technologies for sponsoring the campaign and making this all possible. The proceeds from Courage Caps will be an enormous help in providing much-needed services to the survivors of our fallen military heroes.”

This year the Caps sold camouflage Courage Caps and T-shirts with camouflage Courage logos for $20 at Capitals home games, online at WashingtonCaps.com and at the Washington Capitals Team Store at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. For $50 fans were able to purchase Courage Caps or T-shirts signed by Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green, Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin or Tomas Vokoun; for $35, fans were able to purchase Courage Caps or T-shirts signed by any other individual Capitals player.

Washington Capitals Charities hosted 100 members of TAPS for a two-hour long skating party and pizza lunch at Kettler Capitals Iceplex with Caps forwards Jeff Halpern and Mike Knuble, on Nov. 7, 2011, to kick off the initiative.

Courage Caps is in its fifth season and has raised nearly $250,000, including a record number this season. The Washington Capitals have sold more than 8,000 Courage Caps in five years and more than 3,000 Courage T-shirts in three years.

TAPS is a national nonprofit 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. Services are provided free of charge. For more information about TAPS, go to www.taps.org or call the toll-free help line at 800.959.TAPS (8277).

SKYDEX, a privately held technology company headquartered near Denver, is the industry leader in developing innovative protective materials that mitigate shock, vibration and/or energy forces for the most demanding military applications. Its technologically advanced innovations include blast-mitigating flooring for combat vehicles, padding for military helmets, vibration-attenuating seating for both ground vehicles and helicopters and shock absorbing decking for high speed interceptor boats. SKYDEX is a leading supplier to armed forces around the world. To learn more about SKYDEX Technologies, visit www.skydex.com or view the SKYDEX online press kit here.

CAPS: Washington Capitals Military Night and Jersey Auction (Photos)

The Washington Capitals honored the Military on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 when the Caps hosted the Carolina Hurricanes.

The National Anthem was sung by the Army Chorus of four men — two of which are very familiar to Caps fans. Bob McDonald and Caleb Green.

 During pre-game warmups, the Caps wore special military night camouflage jerseys which were then autographed and auctioned in a silent auction. A portion of the proceeds benefits Our Military Kids.

All photos by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page. (Click image to enlarge)

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Cheryl Nichols is a Columnist and Photographer for District Sports Page. She is credentialed to cover the Washington Capitals and has reported on the community service and fan events for Nats News Network and Caps News Network since 2006. Cheryl is an accomplished action photographer and has been published in The Washington Post and many other local media. She was a credentialed photographer for the 2010 season covering the Washington Nationals. You can follow her on Twitter @cnichols14.

CAPS: Honoring Veterans

Do you have any family members serving our country overseas? The Caps would like their fans to send in photos to be used to create a special video to honor veterans. The video will be played prior to the puck drop on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 when the Washington Capitals host the New Jersey Devils.

Please send in photos using this form on the Caps website.

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