About the Capital Cup: The Capital Cup for Kids is an adult hockey tournament that started in 2010 with four local teams and approximately 60 participants. In 2011, the organizers brought the team captains together and asked them to make the event more than a good time on the ice and they discussed the concept of making it a charity event. It was decided that the event would benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Albany. In its first year as a charitable event, over $7,000 was raised. With the added value of “wish list” items donated, the value of all donations exceeded $10,000!
In 2012 the event was moved to Troy’s Knickerbocker Arena and expanded to eight teams and 120 players. A lofty goal of $20,000. Event organizers asked that funds be dedicated to the expansion project that was just underway at the House. Thanks to a challenge grant, each dollar raised by Capital Cup participants would be matched. All told over $27,000 was raised. With the match funds included, the event raised over $54,000 towards the expansion project.
In 2013, organizers added another four teams, bringing the total number of teams to 12 and participant total to 180. The 2013 Capital Cup for Kids benefited RMHC’s Families First Fund. This fund is dedicated to providing direct support to the children/families that utilize the Ronald McDonald House of Albany, Ronald McDonald Family Room in the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program operated in partnership with St. Peter’s Health Care Services. Each team was assigned a past or current Ronald McDonald House child to serve as their honorary captain.
In 2014, two additional teams were added and we divided the teams into a Master’s Flight of four teams (age 50+) and an Adult B Flight consisting of eight teams. Once again the event benefited our Families First and Share A Night Fund and each team played for an honorary captain.
2015 once again brought an expanded event, with 2 additional teams added. Dozens of RMH kids and their families visited the participants and our community rallied once again, raising over $80,000.
2016 once again featured 16 teams and raised nearly $100,000! In what is considered the best moment in Cap Cup history, the captains got together and made it possible for a bone marrow donor from Florida to meet the 5 year old boy he save at the event!
RMHC salutes volunteer event co-chairs; John Doolittle, teacher at Shaker High School, Jake Dumensil, Managing partner at Gramercy Communications, the team captains; Larry Coon, Scott Ramundo, Kevin Kennedy, Chris Manzella, Josh Risler, Kevin Behan, Steve Valiquette, Mike Lashaway, Pat Valiquette Sr., Ed Woltman, Bill Hollister, Stan Pike, Mike Peterson; Kevin Graber and the professional staff of the Knickerbacker Arena in Troy, NY; and the 250 men and women who take to the ice to benefit the House that Love Built each year.