ARLINGTON, VA – The Washington Capitals will host their third Hockey Talks Psychological Well being Consciousness Evening in partnership with MedStar Well being on Jan. 26 vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins. Hockey Talks is an initiative that focuses on selling psychological well being and wellness and encourages groups to make use of their platform to proceed the dialog and share sources across the subject.
In collaboration with Morgan’s Message, a corporation targeted on student-athletes and psychological well being, the Capitals are internet hosting a pregame psychological wellness panel for student-athletes affiliated with Morgan’s Message. The mission of Morgan’s Message is to amplify tales, sources and experience to strengthen student-athlete psychological well being, construct a group by and for athletes by peer-to-peer conversations and to offer a platform for advocacy.
The panel will characteristic Capitals senior director of staff and organizational improvement Dr. Aimee Kimball, MedStar Well being doctor government director for behavioral well being Dr. Steven Epstein, Georgetown College Athletics head of athletic counseling companies Dr. Erica Drive, and girls’s lacrosse ambassador at Howard College Taylor Matthews, who based the Howard Chapter of Morgan’s Message in 2022 and serves because the chapter president.
Capitals in-game messaging and social media will characteristic content material pertaining to psychological well being, together with participant PSAs, a characteristic on Morgan’s Message, a characteristic on Capitals alumnus Aaron Volpatti, and extra. There will even be an info desk on the 100- and 400-level concourse. Followers are inspired to go to the desk for sources and for the chance to fill out a Hockey Talks sign up assist of psychological well being consciousness. Gamers will put on the Hockey Talks decal on their helmets to additional increase consciousness round psychological well being.
As well as, the Capitals will spotlight the Sydney’s Scholarship Artwork Public sale by a video characteristic on Jan. 26. Card artist Luke Weaverling, also referred to as Luke the Cardist, is internet hosting an public sale that includes playing cards signed by Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson, T.J. Oshie and Alex Ovechkin at cardsforsydney.com to assist the Sydney E. Holcomb Memorial South Carroll Stagelighters Scholarship. The public sale will open at 7 p.m. on Jan. 26 and conclude at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2. The scholarship was created in 2021 to assist and help drama college students of their transition from highschool to school in honor of Sydney Holcomb. Holcomb was a Capitals fan whose favourite participant was T.J. Oshie. Holcomb and her mom collected hockey playing cards as a interest collectively.
Followers can be a part of the dialog on-line utilizing the hashtag #HockeyTalks. For extra info on the initiatives, go to washcaps.com/hockeytalks.
The Hockey Talks psychological well being consciousness initiative started in 2013, following the tragic passing of Canucks participant Rick Rypien in 2011. Rick was a hockey hero, a son, a brother, a teammate, and a good friend. Rick’s want was to assist others and assist scale back the stigma related to psychological sickness by being a spokesperson for this concern. The Capitals first Hockey Talks Psychological Well being Consciousness Evening occurred in 2020.