Caps' Nic Dowd creates holiday fundraiser for autism in DC


Capitals forward Nic Dowd and his wife, Paige, with the help of the Monumental Sports and Entertainment Foundation, have created a holiday fundraiser to benefit the autism community in Washington, D.C., public schools. 

The couple, who created "Dowd's Crowd" in 2018, a program that helps children with sensory issues attend and enjoy hockey games, continues to give back to the autism community. With awesome items available to be auctioned off such as a Dowd-signed stick, a T.J. Oshie-signed jersey, autographed photos and a 15-minute holiday-themed Zoom call with Dowd and teammate Garnet Hathaway, all money goes towards a terrific cause. 

To participate in the auction, head over to before 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 18!

It makes sense why Dowd would have Hathaway join the Zoom, as not only are the two close on and off the ice, but Hathaway also is quite involved with giving back to the community. Hathaway started a program called "Hath's Heroes," which gives first responders tickets and access to Capitals games to show appreciation for front-line workers. It's something he's continued to do during the pandemic. 

Fans can donate pre-determined amounts to Dowd's fundraiser for certain items, ranging from $10 to $1,500. From an autographed Dowd picture for $100 to a virtual meet to two lower-bowl tickets to a future Caps home game at $1,500, all donations will certainly be welcomed.