During the 2016-17 season, Capitals players 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 Capitals have donated more than $200,000 to the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Program since 2003.
Fort Dupont Ice Arena is the only full-size indoor ice arena in Washington, D.C., and the Cannons are the oldest minority youth hockey program in North America and the oldest ice hockey program that is a member of the Hockey is for Everyone™ initiative. The program's goal is to teach young people discipline, self-esteem and a sense of purpose and to offer an incentive to excel academically.
Created in 2013, Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation supports the charitable efforts of the Washington Capitals, Mystics, Valor and Wizards and Baltimore Brigade. MSE Foundation 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, football and hockey; education and scholarship; pediatric health and fitness; military and veterans' affairs; and hunger and homelessness.