You’ve seen the Capitals wearing them after practices and games and on Sunday the Capitals will begin selling Courage Caps, along with team-issued branded hats and T-shirts.
For the second-consecutive season Courage Caps are sponsored by SKYDEX Technologies, and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).
TAPS is a nonprofit organization that provides comfort and care for those grieving the death of men and women who died while serving in the military. Funds raised will provide peer-based emotional support, regional seminars for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, case work assistance, grief and trauma resources and a 24/7 resource and information helpline for bereaved military families.
Courage Caps and Courage T-shirts will be sold for $20 online at WashingtonCaps.com, at the Washington Capitals Team Store at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and at the Team Store and at concession stands throughout VerizonCenter during Capitals home games. There will also be a limited number of autographed Courage Caps and T-shirts available for sale at WashingtonCaps.com and at the community relations table located behind section 103/104 on the main concourse at VerizonCenter.
Since the initiative began in 2007, the Courage Caps campaign has set a new record each year, raising a total of nearly $322,000 through the sale of nearly 8,000 Courage Caps in five years and more than 3,000 Courage T-shirts in three years. Nearly 2,500 Courage Caps and 2,000 Courage T-shirts were sold last season, raising more than $105,000 for TAPS.
For $60 fans can purchase a Courage Cap or T-shirt signed by Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green or Alex Ovechkin; for $40 fans can purchase a Courage Cap or T-shirt signed by any other individual Capitals player. Fans will be able to order hats or T-shirts signed by any rostered player online.
A select number of autographed hats will be on sale at the community relations table at section 103/104 on the main concourse at VerizonCenter. When the Capitals host the New York Rangers on March 10, fans may purchase hats signed by Backstrom, Green or Ovechkin for $60 each and by Karl Alzner, Troy Brouwer, John Carlson, Matt Hendricks, Braden Holtby, Mike Ribeiro or Joel Ward for $40 each.
To launch the 2012-13 campaign, Washington Capitals American-born players Carlson, Joey Crabb, Hendricks and Jack Hillen hosted more than 150 children and adults assisted by TAPS for a skating party at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on March 3.
TAPS is the national organization providing compassionate care for the families of America's fallen military heroes. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, seminars for adults, good grief camps for children, case work assistance and a 24/7 resource helpline for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces, regardless of the location of the death or the circumstances of the death. Services are provided free of charge. For more information about TAPS, visit www.taps.org or call the toll-free help line at 1.800.959.TAPS (8277).