Remember when Capitals goalie Braden Holtby wrapped himself in a rainbow flag and marched in the Capital Pride Parade in June? He was wearing a special #RockTheRainbow t-shirt with the Capitals logo depicted in rainbow colors.
The @Holts170's are here! @CapitalPrideDC #RockTheRainbow #MakeMagicHappen pic.twitter.com/XjxcOWt875— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) June 11, 2016
Fans could purchase that shirt for $20 in the team store at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and online at WashingtonCaps.com.
Today, the team announced that it had raised more than $17,500 from sales of the #RockTheRainbow shirt.
The procceeds will go to the You Can Play Project, an organization dedicated to promoting equality among and respect toward athletes regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. More on its mission:
You Can Play works to guarantee that athletes are given a fair opportunity to compete, judged by other athletes and fans alike, and only by what they contribute to the sport or their team’s success.
You Can Play seeks to challenge the culture of locker rooms and spectator areas by focusing only on an athlete’s skills, work ethic and competitive spirit.
Washington hockey fans engaged in their communities helped make the donation possible but the Capitals aren't the only major sports organization to work with You Can Play.
The Canadian Olympic Committee, NHL, MLS and MLL are also partners.
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