WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Washington Capitals are showing that “Hockey Is For Everyone,” and took a major step forward Monday.
The team announced the launch of “ALL CAPS ALL HER,” a new initiative that strives to “provide access to hockey and elevate the game for women and girls in the Washington, D.C. area.”
ALL CAPS ALL HER will hold events, programs and content for women and girls interested in hockey. It supports and recognizes female players, coaches, referees, parents, advocates, students and community leaders. The initiative will also allow women and families in the community to network, connect and develop.
Washington’s new initiative also welcomes all of those who identify non-binary, transgender, gender fluid or cisgender women to participate.
The Capitals will hold an all-girls Learn to Play program for girls ages 10-14 for the first time. They will also hold an all-female adult Learn to Skate series and adult Learn to Play program for women 18+. Washington will also offer entry-level hockey programming for women and girls of all ages.
Over the summer, the Capitals will also host their Skarupa Skills Summer Camp, hosted by Haley Skarupa. The team will also continue supporting the Capitals Women’s Hockey League.
The NHL, NHLPA, USA Hockey and Black Girl Hockey Club, along with MedStar Capitals Iceplex, Potomac Valley Amateur Hockey Association, Chesapeake Bay Hockey League, Washington Pride and DMV Women’s Hockey, are supporting the launch.
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NHL senior executive vice president of social impact, growth initiatives and legislative affairs Kim Davis praised the team’s efforts.
“Hockey is a better sport and a stronger community when women are empowered to make their mark on the game, from the ice to the boardroom,” Davis noted in the press release. “By creating intentional pathways for women and girls in hockey, the Capitals are supporting and highlighting female leaders who will help move the game forward both now and in the future.”
Washington plans to hold networking days and events to help educate women in sports management, leadership and business development. In addition, the Capitals will work with the Potomac Valley Hockey Association to educate and grow referees. Right now, there is a shortage of officials in the DMV. They will also work with USA Hockey and work to educate and train coaches.
The team is also supporting, highlighting and recognizing hockey families who are growing the game for women and girls. Washington is also hosting a Women in Hockey Night on March 28.
“The Washington Capitals and Monumental Sports & Entertainment have always taken pride in being leaders in our community. And the ALL CAPS ALL HER platform is an innovative and important step in creating the next generation of hockey players and Caps fans,” Capitals vice president of marketing Amanda Tischler said in the press release. “Through continued and new programming for the female hockey community, we look forward to continuing to grow the game throughout the D.C. region and beyond.”
More information on the ALL CAPS ALL HER initiative can be found at WashCaps.com/AllCapsAllHer.