The Capitals' two Columbus founders are seeking to blend their interests in sports and social services awareness by forming the team , which will operate as a nonprofit , said co-founder John Hardiman
, who has 25 years' experience in social services.Hardiman is program_director for the Community Shelter Board and a consultant with the Ohio Department of Youth Services
and Watson will look for players from area high schools and colleges , including Ohio State University
, who aren't first-string varsity but want to continue playing.
prepared to offer mentoring , scholarship help and other social services to athletes who are struggling socially.
Our interest is trying to provide opportunities to young people 18 to 28 years old , Hardiman said.If we can help try to open doors for them , all the better..
The team already has 20 recruits for its planned 40-man roster , Hardiman
The Capitals' 12-game season will run from mid-June through September , with playoffs in October.The team is negotiating to play at Reynoldsburg Middle School's
500-seat stadium for its six home games.
Players won't be paid because that would eliminate their college playing eligibility should they choose that direction , Hardiman
In_fact , players will be asked to pay a fee of $ 75 to help defer uniform and equipment costs.Hardiman
and Watson have so far put_up about $ 1 , 500 to start the team , including a $ 500 league entry fee.right column feature 1Book of ListsTop businesses , key contacts.