Caps Care Annual Review: Community programs and initiatives

During the 2023-2024 season, the Washington Capitals, its players and the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation (MSE Foundation) continued to give back to the community and increase participation in hockey throughout the region. Through fundraising and programming efforts, the Capitals and MSE Foundation supported numerous organizations on a range of missions. The organization’s efforts resulted in $1,768,584 raised for charity. Over the next five weeks, WashCaps.com will look back on highlights in the following categories:

-Caps Care Community Programs and Initiatives
-Theme nights and NHL platforms
-Monumental Sport & Entertainment Foundation
-Capitals Player Programs
-Youth hockey development

This week, WashCaps.com summarizes the Caps Care Community programs and initiatives:

Caps at school: Caps in School, presented by KPMG, returned for the 2023-2024 hockey season and school year, offering teachers and elementary students the opportunity to interact with the Capitals while participating in a variety of classroom programs.

Nearly 450 classrooms participated in the Caps in School reading program, which provides teaching materials and prizes to the monthly winners. In the 2023-2024 school year, 9,493 students across the region read a total of 4,233,395 minutes. This year’s Caps in School Writing Program encouraged students in first through eighth grades to write about the importance of communication and coping with adversity. More than 125 students submitted essays. The winners received a Caps swag bag and two tickets to a 2024-2025 regular season home game.

The Capitals hosted 90 fifth-graders from Hollin Meadows Elementary School for a STEM field trip at MedStar Capitals Iceplex this year. Students watched practice and participated in interactive stations run by Capitals and MedStar Capitals Iceplex employees. The stations revolved around the science of resurfacing ice, learning to shoot a puck, nutrition, equipment and hockey trivia.

Additionally, the Capitals donated $3,000 worth of school supplies to seven teachers across the region this season. Capitals mascot Slapshot also surprised Ashley Benjamin and her class at Turner Elementary School with every item on her lesson wish list and Caps in School prizes for her students.