In conjunction with Autism Awareness Month, Washington Capitals player Nic Dowd and his wife Paige announced today a logo design contest for their Dowd’s Crowd program.
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Fans are encouraged to download a blank puzzle piece outline at WashCaps.com and complete its design. The winning logo will be used on drawstring bags that are used for Dowd’s Crowd sensory kits. The winner will receive four tickets to a future Capitals home game, a post-game meet and greet with the Dowds and 10 drawstring bags. Completed submissions should be emailed to email@example.com by Friday, May 1.
The Dowds created Dowd’s Crowd in 2018 to provide the opportunity for children with autism to be able to attend and enjoy a Capitals game. Tickets and a Dowd’s Crowd sensory kit are provided to recipients through Autism Speaks. The sensory kits included noise cancelling headphones, sunglasses, a foam puck and a conversation card to help the child be able to fully enjoy the game without any triggers. The Dowds meet with the ticket recipients postgame.
Spend a day with the Dowd’s (before Louie arrived!) as the two talk about their work in the community including Dowd’s Crowd, which provides opportunities for kids with autism to enjoy a game.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 7, 2020
In addition, to further celebrate Autism Awareness Month, the Dowds are encouraging people who are doing puzzles at home to post pictures on social channels, tag the Capitals and use the #AutismAwareness, #AutismAcceptance and #MyDCMasterpiece hashtags.