LOVE WINS: Monumental Sports & Entertainment Celebrates Pride Month in D.C.

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Washington, D.C. – Monumental Sports & Entertainment honors the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community with a series of activities across the company and its professional sports teams, reinforcing a commitment towards greater inclusiveness and acceptance. 

The MSE Foundation Auction Benefitting LGBTQ+ Nonprofit, SMYAL, Launches Thursday, June 18. The Auction will close at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 26, 2020.

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In conjunction with Pride Month, Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation is hosting an auction benefitting SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders). The auction opens on Thursday, June 18 at noon on Handbid and concludes Friday, June 26 at 3:00 p.m. The auction features nearly 30 items, including autographed player-used sticks wrapped in rainbow-color “Pride Tape,” player-autographed, pride-themed T-shirts, jerseys, pucks and basketballs from the Capitals, Wizards and Mystics, among other specialty items. 

SMYAL is a nonprofit that works to empower lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth in the Washington metropolitan area. 

On Tuesday, June 16, the external video boards at Capital One Arena will be taken over with a “LOVE WINS” banner and graphics featuring the Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Team social channels will feature pride-related avatars and graphics as well as content featuring fans and voices of the LGBTQ+ community. In addition, a Mystics Pride Microsite features additional pride content, merchandise, an enter-to-win Mystics prize pack, COVID-19 related resources for the LGBTIQ+ community and more. 

Monumental Sports & Entertainment and its teams have annually participated in Pride Month celebrations and supported LGBTQ+ causes throughout the year, including annual team pride theme nights. Last year’s 2019 Capital Pride Parade marked the fourth year Monumental Sports and its players and staff participated in the event. Previous Pride auctions and team initiatives have raised more than $80,000 for LGBTQ+ related charities. 

By Jon Sorensen

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About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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