The Washington Capitals and Monumental Sports & Entertainment are doing what they can to help a fellow D.C. area hockey team. The Capitals and MSE are launching a Fort Dupont online merchandise shop. All proceeds go to Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club, as well as the Capital Impact Fund.
Items up for sale include a co-branded Capitals and Fort Cannons T-shirt, hoodie, pom beanie and iron-on patch. Fans can find the online store at WashCaps.com/FortDupontApparel.
Here are the items up for sale as part of the #ALLCAPS Fort DuPont Cannons online shop.
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Fort Dupont Ice Arena is located in southeast D.C. and is home to the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club. The team, which is the oldest minority hockey program in North America, is part of the NHL’s Hockey Is For Everyone Program.
Neal Henderson founded the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club in 1978. The program gives local and inner-city youth players the opportunity to play organized ice hockey in the community.
The Capital Impact Fund “supports organizations that assist in eliminating cost barriers faced by local minority youth players.” The fund works to help minority youth players reach their goals and promote equality and a “more equal playing field for all” in the game.
Washington has supported Fort Dupont over the last few seasons. In March 2015, Alex Ovechkin skated with the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club. And in June 2018, he visited Neal Henderson and Fort Dupont with the Stanley Cup back. In Feb. 2019, Fort Dupont Ice Arena was close to losing the funds needed for renovations. In turn, the Capitals and NHL launched a GoFundMe campaign to help the arena. The fundraiser raised $200,000, and Ted Leonsis, Monumental and the NHL also all donated $100,000 each. Public support, and help from MSE, Washington and the league, ultimately saved the rink. And, in June 2019, Brooks Orpik headed to the rink to help with service and work. He didn’t have a contract at the time.