Following last week’s blog expressing our concern for former Capitals free agent goalie Jose Theodore‘s lack of signing, it dawned on me that the ramifications might extend well past the depth chart. As you are most likely aware, based on his performance throughout the season, Theodore made a $35,000 year-end donation to Saves for Kids which benefits the Neonatal Intensive-care Unit at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. But without JT60 on the roster for the pending season, what affect will that have on the charity?
I reached out to the organization inquiring if the other Capitals’ netminders (Semyon Varlamov, Michal Neuvirth) be taking over the charity in Theodore’s expected absence, or if they were aware if he will be making donations based on his performance with his new squad. Although most of the details are still cloudy, the answer was lamentable: “The Caps won’t be doing Saves for Kids next season without Theodore.” Much like Olie Kolzig‘s Great Saves program, another charity is extinguished as a by-product of free agency.
Continuing with our tradition of donating all profits from our store to philanthropy, we will be making donations to Mike Green‘s So Kids Can program benefiting youth-based non-profit organizations in the area. Much like Theodore, Green pledges are based on his performance ($100 for every goal he scores, $50 for each of his assists throughout the regular season), which is matched by Elliot Siegel of Elliot in the Morning, dollar for dollar. In it’s inaugural season, Green was able to contribute roughly $30,000 to Pediatric Prosthetics, Inc. and was able to donate $63,879 to Children’s National in it’s second.
We’re very excited about the new opportunity, so head over to the store and pick yourself up a new Caps shirt to kick off the season right. As always, feel free to email us a picture of you Rocking the Red so we can add it to our ‘Extras’ section!
[Ed. Note: Also be sure to check out which charity the readers of Japers' Rink decide to support this season as well.]