Caps visit school, Kostopoulos makes IMPACT

Washington Capitals’ players were hard at work again visiting their 11th school this season, while the Flames’ Tom Kostopoulos truly makes an “IMPACT” by donating dollars for each HIT he has this NHL season! Great stuff, information is below! Changing lives through sports!

Nicklas Backstrom and John Carlson Host Capitals Hockey School At Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School

(Via the Capitals) – ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom, defenseman John Carlson, assistant coach Jim Johnson and mascot Slapshot visited Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School in Glenn Dale, Md., on Thursday, Feb. 23, to host the Capitals Hockey School.

The players began the session fielding questions from students in the school’s gymnasium before directing a floor hockey clinic with 230 fifth- through eighth-grade students. Backstrom and Carlson instructed the students on basic hockey skills such as stick-handling, passing and shooting. The students were then called on to try out the skills in front of their peers. One student even volunteered to be dressed as a goaltender, learning how to put on the equipment and how to handle the goalie stick. Before the kids started the scrimmage, the girls and boys participated in a shootout drill with Backstrom helping the girls and Carlson helping the boys.

Following the shootout drill, the students played alongside the pair of players in a friendly scrimmage. Backstrom played with the girls and Carlson played with the boys’ team, which resulted in a 0-0 tie. Then, three members of the school’s staff scrimmaged against Backstrom, Carlson and Johnson. The Capitals team won 1-0 off of a Backstrom game-winning goal. The hour-long program concluded with the Capitals donating a set of hockey equipment to the elementary school.

“It was great today. I haven’t played street hockey in awhile so it was fun,” said Carlson. “It was nice to get a goal today,” said Backstrom. “Everyone had smiles on their face and they were asking some really good questions.”

All students who participated in the session received autographs from Backstrom and Carlson, Caps squishy pucks and Hockey 101 booklets. The school also received an official Capitals Hockey School banner to display in their school year-round.

This was the 11th Capitals Hockey School visit this season. The Capitals host two Hockey School visits each month between September and May and donate street hockey equipment to each participating school.

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TOM KOSTOPOULOS MAKES AN “IMPACT ON ICE” FOR YOUTH

(Via the Flames) – Calgary, AB –Tom Kostopoulos is making an “impact” for youth this season through Impact Society’s “Impact on Ice” partnership. Tom Kostopoulos will make a donation for every hit he has throughout the regular season. Through the Impact Society, the donation will be circulated to the HEROS program which builds confidence, character and integrity in today’s youth.

The “Impact on Ice” program which started in the 2009-2010 season by Robyn Regehr is further supported by Calgary-Based sponsor, Packers Plus Energy Services and the Flames Foundation for Life which will match Kostopoulos’ donation.

“I am thrilled to be a part of this valuable program once again this year. It is a program that not only provides support and educates, it also builds a healthy foundation for these youth that will guide them to make positive choices moving forward. The impact that this program has on their lives makes it a very rewarding experience for me and my family to be involved with.” –Tom Kostopoulos

This is the second season that both Tom Kostopoulos, and his wife Lisa, will be involved with the program. “When we were approached to support the HEROES program, it didn’t take us very long to decide that we wanted to be involved – not only to raise money – but also to become instructors and volunteer in the schools,” said Lisa Kostopoulos. “We too are impressed with the HEROES program and are proud to lend our time and our names in support of it.”

Impact Society is one of Canada’s national centres of excellence for strength-based community development. The organization offers the first and only nation-wide experiential-learning program that turns teachers, students, parents, even whole companies and other partners into everyday HEROES.

Through Impact Society the HEROES program is a national program that helps youth deal with the trials and tribulations of growing up.  The HEROES program gives teachers and students access to a unique and effective learning program – delivered through an interactive classroom experience – that has been proven to help youth make better choices.

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