ARLINGTON, VA –
Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation raised $39,945 for the USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program and United Heroes League as part of the Capitals and the 2018 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series Legacy Project.
The auction concluded during the 16th annual Salute to the Military Night on Feb. 20 during the Capitals game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Salute to the Military Night is an evening dedicated to honoring the men and women who have served the country in the armed forces.
During pregame warmups, players wore camouflage Capitals jerseys which were signed and auctioned off by Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation. The auction also featured player-used sticks wrapped in camouflage tape and pucks with camouflage Caps logos.
Fourteen jerseys sold for more than $1,000 with Jay Beagle's jersey selling for the most at $2,700, T.J. Oshie's at $2,650 and captain Alex Ovechkin's at $2,300. A framed, autographed team Military Night camouflage puck set sold for $2,200, and Tom Wilson's puck sold for $675.
The USA Warriors, based out of Rockville Maryland, encourages individuals who have disabilities incurred during military service to the United States to participate in the sport of ice hockey in an environment that is adapted to the level of their ability. The Program also supports the formation of “USA Warrior Hockey Programs” locally and nationally. The USA Warriors’ programs consist of standing team and sled or “sledge” hockey teams. The USA Warriors is a strictly volunteer organization.
United Heroes League
United Heroes League actively works to ensure that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in sports. The organization has provided more than $3 million worth of free sports equipment, game tickets, cash grants and summer camps to military families across the US & Canada. United Heroes League wants to ensure that all 5 million military kids are able to develop critical life skills through sports and has inspired more than 90 professional athletes and over 30 sports franchises to lend their name and support to United Heroes League.