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Player Programs

Being a professional athlete comes with a great deal of responsibility both on and off of the ice. Our players strive to be role models in the community and, through their work in many different community-driven programs, players get the opportunity to help causes nearest to their own hearts.

Ovi’s Crazy 8s


In eight seasons, Ovi’s Crazy 8s has provided more than 3,100 children, soldiers and their families with the opportunity to see a Capitals home game free of charge. Through his decision in 2006 to create this community initiative, Alex Ovechkin generously provides underserved children, recuperating injured soldiers and active military and their families the chance to attend a Capitals home game at Verizon Center. Ovechkin purchases eight Capitals season tickets and donates them to Most Valuable Kids (MVK). MVK then distributes these tickets to either injured soldiers or active military and their families; or to boys and girls, 18 and under, through numerous nonprofit organizations that focus on children in low-income and underserved households.

Ovi’s Crazy 8s sit in the lower level of Verizon Center and are recognized at home games. In addition, each person in the section receives a foam No. 8.

So Kids Can

So Kids Can
During the 2016-17 season Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner, forward Nicklas Backstrom and goalkeeper Braden Holtby, along with Elliot Segal from the Elliot in the Morning show, will raise money for Martha’s Table’s Joyful Food Markets through So Kids Can. Martha’s Table has worked to support stronger children, families and communities by increasing access to quality education programs, healthy food and family supports for more than 35 years. Joyful Food Markets increase access to and encourage consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables east of the Anacostia River and are run exclusively in elementary schools in Wards 7 and 8. Each player and Segal will donate $50 per Capitals win during the regular season and $100 per Capitals win during the playoffs.   

So Kids Can was created in 2008 by former Capitals defenseman Mike Green and Segal to benefit youth-focused, nonprofit organizations. Backstrom and former Caps forward Brooks Laich joined the cause in 2011 and Alzner and Holtby joined in 2015. To date, So Kids Can has donated more than $325,000 to charity. 

Past beneficiaries of So Kids Can include Horton’s Kids, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, KaBOOM!, Dr. Bear’s Toy Closet at Children’s National and Pediatric Prosthetics.  

If you would like to make a donation, please send a check made payable to Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation earmarked for So Kids Can to:  

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation/So Kids Can  
627 N. Glebe Road  
Suite 850  
Arlington, VA 22203  

To donate online simply click the “Donate” button below and note that you would like your money to go to So Kids Can. Once you click the button you will be taken to our PayPal Donations page. 

Garth Brooks Teammates For Kids Foundation

Teammates For Kids

In 2015 Washington Capitals players Karl Alzner, Nicklas Backstrom, Jay Beagle, Chris Brown, Andre Burakovsky, John Carlson, Jason Chimera, Sean Collins, Philipp Grubauer, Braden Holtby, Marcus Johansson, Brooks Laich, Michael Latta, Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik, T.J. Oshie, Nate Schmidt and Tom Wilson, along with coach Barry Trotz, all pledged to participate in Top Shelf Teammates, the hockey division of the Teammates for Kids Foundation. 

Top Shelf Teammates contributes financial resources to nonprofit organizations that benefit children's health, education and inner-city services. Players contribute a predetermined sum based on selected on-ice performance categories such as goals or team wins. Every dollar contributed by players is tripled through an affiliation with other donors. Because outside sources secured by the Foundation cover all operating expenses, 100% of donated money is distributed to children's charities. 

Through Teammates for Kids, the Washington Capitals have donated $155,000 to the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Program since 2004.

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The Washington Capitals participate in men’s health campaign Movember in conjunction with the Movember Foundation during the month of November. Participating Capitals players included Karl Alzner, Andre Burakovsky, John Carlson, Jason Chimera, Stanislav Galiev, Philipp Grubauer, Michael Latta, T.J. Oshie, Nate Schmidt, Chandler Stephenson and Tom Wilson, with Alzner serving as the team captain.

As part of its Movember Campaign the Capitals used special mustachioed Olympia Ice Resurfacers throughout the month and Mascot Slapshot also donned a mustache. At the end of November, the Movember award winners were announced. These awards are named after three of the 40 Greatest Capitals who had mustaches: The Yvon Labre Award for Most Money Raised by a Fan, the Denis Maruk Award for Most Money Raised by a Player (Alzner) and the Rod Langway Award for Karl Alzner’s Hand-Selected Favorite #CapsMo of the Month (Chimera). In addition, fans voted Wilson as the Mike Marson Honorable Mention #CapsMo of the Month winner through social media.

The Movember Foundation is the global charity raising funds and awareness for men’s health. The Foundation challenges men to grow, and women to support, a mustache or to get active and MOVE for the 30 days of November. Supporters, called Mo Bros and Mo Sistas, get friends, family and colleagues to donate to their efforts along the way. Participants begin with a clean-shaven face on Nov. 1, and then grow just a mustache for the month, commit to 30 days of physical activity through MOVE, or participate in both activities. MOVE is a new way to participate in Movember, the Movember Foundation’s 30-day fitness challenge inviting participants to be more active while raising funds and awareness for men’s health. Since 2003 millions of participants have raised more than $650 million for the cause, funding more than 1,000 programs globally.