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The Washington Capitals would like to recognize the outstanding service of volunteers in our community by giving away the jersey off our back to one of the following community leaders. These individuals were nominated because they exemplify service and care for others in the community. Fans may vote for one of the three finalists to be selected to participate in the Jersey's Off Our Backs ceremony at the conclusion of Fan Appreciation Week as the Caps take on the Tampa Bay Lightning on April 13.

The Winner: Sam Rosen

Sam Rosen
I am nominating my son, Sam Rosen, who is a 20 year old sophomore sports management major at Bowling Green State University in Ohio (George McPhee's alma mater). From a very young age, Sam has always been a contributing member of the community. He helped raise money and walked as part of his older sister's JDRF walk team. He has raised money and increased awareness of the Smile Train Organization that travels the world correcting cleft lip and palates on children in poor countries. He has volunteered feeding the homeless in Arlington Virginia. He has volunteered with the Washington Capitals helping clean and spruce up Elementary Schools in DC. At college in Ohio he has coached Special Olympics and spent a spring break in Florida volunteering his time at "give kids the world". He is always looking for more ways to 'give back' and 'pay forward'. And he has been a Washington Caps fan since he could first watch hockey.

The Finalists:

David Lucia
David Lucia is the head coach of the Montgomery Cheetahs hockey team, a team consisting of kids ages 18 and under with developmental disabilities. I was involved with the program in the first few years and with Coach Lucia's guidance, the team has grown exponentially. Coach Lucia recently retired from the United States Air Force and has dedicated a great amount of time to running the hockey program. His son David is also a member of the team, therefore his interest level in the program is that much greater. Coach Lucia is most deserving of the recognition by the Capitals and the NHL because he is passionate about hockey and education and he gives these kids something much more than ice to skate on, he gives them life lessons for them all to grow up to achieve whatever they can, regardless of their individual situations.

Tiffanie Wells
Tiffanie is the Pastor's daughter of Woodbine Church in Manassas, VA. Her joy of working with area children goes above and beyond what the other 21 year olds in our church commit to. She volunteers countless hours at the church's preschool. She has re-done the playground for the children to have a safer place to play. She also teaches bible classes, dance classes, music classes and more to better the community. Along with her work at the church, in her free time, she helps with the Freedom Museum in Manassas, VA - volunteering her time to teach children about our nation's heroes past and present. She works airshows, hanger dances, parades and more to show children that our freedom is not free but is kept for us by the men and women who fight for our freedom. She truly gives all she has to children because she knows they are the future. Tiffanie deserves this "Capitals Jersey Off Our Backs" recognition for all her hard work. She is a hardcore CAPS fan and is always rocking the red!

Thank you to everyone who voted.