ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals and Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation hosted 100 surviving military children and adult loved ones who have found healing through the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) for an event at MedStar Capitals Iceplex on Nov. 14.
TAPS families skated with American players Garnet Hathaway, Nick Jensen and T.J. Oshie along with Slapshot and ALL CAPS Crew member Joie. Captain, the Capitals team service dog in training, greeted families as they arrived and joined Hathaway on the ice for photos during the skate. After the skate, families were treated to a pizza party donated by Papa Johns.
The event celebrated TAPS as Monumental Sports & Entertainment’s community partner in November as the organization shines a light on military all month long.
In collaboration with the Capitals and LIUNA, the Laborers' International Union of North America, Courage Caps and shirts are being sold online at WashCaps.com/Courage and at the Team Stores at MedStar Capitals Iceplex and Capital One Arena during the month of November. Courage T-shirts are available for $20 each, Courage Caps for $25 each and ¾ Sleeve Raglan Tees for $30 each. Click here to purchase.
For the eighth-consecutive year, TAPS is the beneficiary of Courage Caps. Funds raised will help TAPS provide peer-based emotional support, regional seminars for adults, good grief camps for children, casework assistance, grief and trauma resources and a 24/7 resource and information helpline for bereaved military families.
In addition to Courage Caps, Monumental Sports is encouraging players, employees and fans to support TAPS across its myriad of platforms both online and in-arena in November. Additionally, proceeds from the 50/50 raffle at Wizards and Capitals games, “Round up at the Register” at the Team Stores at Capital One Arena and ESA and a monthly grant by the MSE Foundation will benefit TAPS. Fans can also click here to make a direct donation.
On Monday, Nov. 11, the Capitals Veterans Day Auction raised nearly $60,000 for TAPS. Items included autographed military-themed jerseys worn by players during the pregame skate, autographed player-used sticks that are wrapped in American Flag, Canadian Flag and camouflage tape (depending on where the player is from), autographed camouflage Capitals pucks and a framed, Veterans Day team puck set, with a puck signed by each player and coach.
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is the leading national organization providing compassionate care and survivor support services for the families of America’s fallen military heroes. Since 1994, TAPS has offered support to more than 90,000 survivors of fallen military in the form of peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, grief seminars and retreats for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, casework assistance, connections to community-based care, online and in-person support groups and a 24/7 resource and information helpline for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces. Services are provided free of charge. For more information go to www.taps.org or call the toll-free TAPS resource and information helpline at 1.800.959.TAPS (8277).