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The latest in a long and heartwarming list of philanthropic efforts by the Washington Capitals will come Thursday night as the team will wear military-themed warmup jerseys. Prior to puck drop between the Capitals and visiting Pittsburgh Penguins, the home side will don camouflage warmup gear to benefit the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).
According to a team press release, TAPS is “the leading national organization providing compassionate care and survivor support services for the families of America's fallen military heroes,” operating since 1994. Among several other programs created by TAPS, the organization offers support to the families of fallen heroes “through peer-based emotional support, connections with grief and trauma resources, grief seminars and retreats for adults, [and] Good Grief Camps for children.”
Thursday night’s showdown will be the 19th annual Military Night hosted by the team. Capitals’ autographed military-themed warmup gear, in addition to autographed military pucks, will be up for auction until Friday, May 7, 2021, at 3 p.m. EST, with all the proceeds going to TAPS. From an autographed Alex Ovechkin military jersey to a framed and team-autographed military puck set, fans will have the opportunity to help the families of veterans while taking home some neat gear. Patrons will also have the opportunity to make a donation to TAPS without bidding on any gear.
This is not the first philanthropic effort organized by the Capitals and Monumental Sports and Entertainment this season. In late January, the team announced the launch of an initiative to promote equality within the game of hockey, while also paying homage to the achievements of Black individuals. Forming the Black Hockey Committee, organizing a Black History Night at Capital One Arena and pledging funds to introduce hockey to D.C. public schools are a few of the team’s racial initiatives.
To view the Capitals Military Auction, click here.
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Watch Capitals vs. Penguins starting with Capitals Pregame Live, 6 pm tonight on NBC Sports Washington.