Arlington, Va. – The Washington Capitals and Caps Gaming hosted the first-ever American Particular Hockey Affiliation (ASHA) Esports Problem on the Capitals Twitch Channel on Sunday, June 6. A complete of 48 particular hockey athletes from 48 cities throughout the USA and Canada performed EA SPORTS™ NHL® 21 in an adaptive digital event that raised $70,000 for ASHA programming. The published noticed 143,128 reside viewers.
Every participant represented their house ASHA groups to compete for prizes and lift consciousness towards particular hockey. The Capitals had been joined by 9 different NHL golf equipment and the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington, D.C. in supporting the occasion. The event adopted seven weeks of observe and 960 volunteer hours contributed.
NHL esports athlete and Bauer athlete Andrew “Nasher” Telfer hosted the occasion and was joined by visitor stars in assist of the particular hockey athletes. As well as, 16 of the highest EA SPORTS™ NHL® 21 aggressive gamers volunteered to teach a group, guiding the athletes every step of the way in which from organising their console to scoring their first objective. A dozen superstar coaches and mascots from 10 NHL Groups additionally participated within the problem to assist the esports athletes.
Followers had been invited to assist particular hockey by texting “ASHA esports” to 71777. Every ASHA esports Problem athlete was elevating funds in assist of their house particular hockey group. All proceeds will profit particular hockey programming. In recognition of its longstanding assist for ASHA’s mission and packages, the UAE Embassy in Washington, D.C. has pledged a $10,000 grant.
ASHA is a nonprofit group devoted to serving these with mental, developmental and bodily disabilities by the game of hockey. ASHA gives an surroundings of studying, mutual respect and a way of neighborhood to five,000 members in over 100 packages throughout the USA of America. To be taught extra, go to SpecialHockey.org.
Caps Gaming and the Washington Capitals are owned and operated by Monumental Sports activities & Leisure. Monumental Sports activities & Leisure launched Caps Gaming offered by Leidos – an esports sub-brand that goals to assist foster the expansion of the NHL aggressive gaming neighborhood and create visibility for hockey’s esports scene – in November 2019. Upon launching, the group additionally signed the primary NHL esports professional formally signed by an NHL group. Most lately, Caps Gaming facilitated The Nice One vs. The Nice Eight Showcase in April 2020, a contest between Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and NHL legend Wayne Gretzky that raised greater than $40,000 for COVID-19 associated causes. As well as, Caps Gaming hosted the premier Caps Gaming Showcase – a 82-team, 6v6 EA SPORTS NHL competitors on Xbox One in December 2019, adopted by the Caps Gaming Showcase Finals in February 2020. The 2020-21 Caps Gaming Showcase launched in December and concluded in March, with greater than $20,000 in prizing awarded.
In 2019, the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC supplied assist for ASHA when the UAE Ladies’s Nationwide Hockey Crew hosted on-ice clinics within the US. As well as, UAE-USA United was a presenting sponsor of the 2020 Caps Gaming 3s Problem-bringing collectively 32 of the highest 3s squads within the NHL gaming neighborhood for a double-elimination event. To be taught extra, go to www.uaeusaunited.com/esports-uae.