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Caps' Hathaway offers fans dream opportunities for a good cause

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Would you like to play trivia with Capitals forward Garnet Hathaway and linemate Nic Dowd? 

What about having a dinner party with Hathaway and defenseman Brenden Dillon? 

Or maybe you would rather cook a meal yourself with Hathaway and Capitals radio play-by-play announcer, John Walton?

With the help of the Monumental Sports and Entertainment Foundation, on Wednesday, Hathaway and his wife, Lindsay, launched a new Hath’s Heroes fundraiser benefiting first responders. The fundraiser features virtual experiences that Capitals fans will love. 

Starting today, fans can bid on a virtual The Office trivia game with Hathaway, Dowd and special guest host Joe Beninati, NBC Sports Washington’s Caps play-by-play announcer; a virtual dinner party with Hathaway and Dillon with a three-course meal prepared by SuperFd Sports Performance and Nutrition; and a virtual cooking experience with Hathaway and Walton. 

Other items available for bidding include Capitals Reverse Retro jerseys signed by Hathaway and Nicklas Backstrom and a Hathaway-signed hockey stick. Fans also can simply make donations to the fundraiser, knowing that they are contributing to a fund that directly helps first responders.

To donate or bid on items, go to washcaps.com/hathsheroes. The fundraiser closes Dec. 30 at 3 p.m.

Hathaway founded Hath’s Heroes at the start of the 2019-20 season, shortly after signing with the Caps, as a way for the community to give back to first responders. He was inspired by his great-grandfather, Garnet Mcelroy, who was a firefighter in Winnipeg.

 

Powered by fan donations, Hath’s Heroes delivered 3,962 meals prepared by SuperFd to first responders and their families in the spring of 2020 after the COVID-19 pandemic began and more than 940 Thanksgiving meals to firehouses in the DC area. 

Hath's Heroes COVID-19 response
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Hath's Heroes delivered meals to COVID-19 frontline workers

As part of Hath’s Heroes, Hathaway makes a personal connection with area first responders, such as visiting local fire stations. He also donated tickets to Caps games followed by a postgame meet-and-greet and a locker room tour. 

Hath’s Heroes also partnered with the nonprofit organization Mindful Junkie to host a “Mindfulness for First Responders” workshop in September to teach a way to manage stress.

Hath's Heroes mindfulness workshop
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Hath's Heroes and Mindful Junkie "Mindfulness for First Responders" workshop

Hathaway was the team’s nominee for the King Clancy Memorial Award last season, given annually to a player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made considerable humanitarian contributions to his community.

The right wing signed a four-year, $6 million deal with the Caps in 2019 after spending the first four seasons of his career with the Calgary Flames. He led the Flames in hits (200) and set career highs in goals (11) and points (19) in 76 games during the 2018-19 season. 

His first season with the Caps was shortened due to the pandemic, but he still proved to be a solid bottom-six forward, recording 9-7-16 in 66 games and 189 hits, second on the team behind Tom Wilson.

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