This season NoVa Caps selected to support the USA Warriors as our primary charity. The USA Warriors is a non-profit organization headquartered in the DMV. The program educates, trains, motivates, and encourages the formation of “USA Warrior Hockey Programs” locally and nationally while encouraging individuals who have physical disabilities incurred during service to the United States to participate in the sport of ice hockey in an environment that is adapted to the level of their ability. The USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program, Inc. is staffed by volunteers, on-ice and off-ice mentors and directors who do not receive any compensation, stipend or other remuneration for their time. Our primary point of contact with the Warriors is their President, Lori Mezzanotte.
We were recently made aware that Lori was named as this year’s Washington Capitals’ Community Leader! And this award and achievement was no surprise to us! Lori has been a delight to work with and her dedication to the Warriors was quickly realized by us. We are thrilled that through her Community Leader recognition, many of you will also become familiar with her and her unwavering support and dedication to the Warriors in addition to her love of hockey and her passion of the Washington Capitals and the entire Capitals’ organization.
Please take just a few minutes to watch the short video provided below which was shared in a recent tweet from the Washington Capitals:
The #Caps recognized @USAWarriors president Lori Mezzanotte as their Community Leader for her dedication to the military and the sport of hockey at this year’s Jerseys Off Our Backs Ceremony! Help us celebrate Lori’s tireless efforts for wounded soldiers. #CapsCares #ALLCAPS pic.twitter.com/MCytgMkBGG
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 18, 2018
The part of the video that resonated the most to us were these heartfelt statements made by Lori:
“…it’s about healing, we’ve built a family in our organization….it means a lot to me – actually, it means everything to me…but I’m really not somebody who really needs that pat on the back….and so I tend to really shy away from these types of things…I get back more than I will ever give to them…this is just so very special”.
Lori Mezzanotte, USA Warriors, President
Lori, we realize that you don’t need a pat on the back – but we want to recognize and share your Washington Capitals Community Leader Award with all of the NoVa Caps’ followers! You and the USA Warriors Ice Hockey Teams remind all of us of just how special Caps Nation is. For all that you do, thank you – from the bottoms of our hearts.
It has been an honor and a pleasure to support the Warriors all season long! We are looking forward to wrapping up the season with one final fundraising event tomorrow evening (April 19th) at our Watch Party where we’ll be cheering on the Washington Capitals as they look to even up the series against Columbus!
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ONE WEEK FROM TODAY be sure to come to Miller’s Ale House in Sterling, Va and #RockTheRed with other #Caps fans at our Game 4 watch party! Well be selling raffle tickets for some cool prizes with the proceeds benefitting @usawarriors #allcaps #stanleycupplayoffs #letsgocaps
If you are unable to attend the Watch Party, please consider making a tax deductible contribution to the Warriors via our Go Fund Me campaign, by clicking on the image below.
Please join all of us at NoVa Caps and send your congratulations to Lori, by commenting on this post! And if you would like to nominate your non-profit organization to be considered for our 2018-2019 season’s primary charity, please send us an email: NoVaCapsFans@gmail.com.
By: Beckie Reilly
More USA Warriors Articles are available here:
Meet Kevin Gatson: https://novacapsfans.com/2017/10/30/please-meet-kevin-gatson-usa-warrior-sled-hockey-team-captain-and-an-american-hero/
Meet Michael Cain: https://novacapsfans.com/2016/11/24/giving-thanks-to-an-american-hero-meet-mike-cain-a-double-amputee-member-of-both-the-usa-warrior-standing-and-sled-hockey-teams/