Youth served in central Ohio
Collective community investment
The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation is dedicated to the health and wellness of children in central Ohio.
We dedicate time, resources and financial support to organizations making a difference in the areas of pediatric cancer, reading, fitness through play and the growth and development of amateur hockey.
We have provided more than $12.2 million to organizations that serve our community since the team’s inception in 2000.
Board of Directors
Over the past two decades, the Blue Jackets no-cost education programs have brought hockey into the classroom to teach teamwork, responsibility and respect in a fun, interactive way. A priority of the Blue Jackets and the Blue Jackets Foundation has been, and continues to be, making reading accessible to all children in our community by investing in education through literacy.
received free education resources addressing literacy, STEM, academic achievements and physical activity
in equipment, supplies and field trips to schools and community centers
Book Jackets presented by Ohio’s 529 Plan, CollegeAdvantage
Our no-cost reading incentive program offers K-8 teachers a way to encourage and reward reading outside the classroom.
read by 4,000+ participants in 260+ classrooms
The Hockey Scholars online curriculum uses hockey-themed lessons to help 4–8 grade students advance in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). This free program offered to schools includes a Science of Hockey fieldtrip, presented by AEP, to further engage students in hockey-themed experiments and discussions around STEM careers in hockey.
of STEM learning
The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation annually awards two scholarships of $10,000 each to students that show exceptional qualities both on and off the ice.
2022 HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT:
Brianna Arens of Dublin Jerome High School
2022 JOHN H. McCONNELL SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT:
Keller Weston of Groveport Madison High School
Additional Partners Supported
The fight against pediatric cancer has been one of the Blue Jackets Foundation's primary areas of focus since the team's inception in 2000. Kids fighting pediatric cancer are our heroes and we support them by offering unique experiences and program funding. Some call it therapy through distraction, but most kids call it fun.
+Pediatric cancer patients
and their families received care
during Hockey Fights Cancer
Additional Partners Supported
for the next
Since the team’s arrival and Foundation’s introduction in 2000, we have worked tirelessly to grow the game we love. Our commitment to the development of youth hockey and reducing barriers to the sport runs deep because we believe everyone should have a chance to play.
learned the fundamentals of hockey through our no or low-cost hockey programs
in the growth of youth hockey
Get Out And Learn
This grassroots initiative invites first-time participants (ages 5 to 9) to try hockey for free. Designed for boys and girls who have no formal hockey experience or training, these 30-minute street & ice hockey clinics are intended to remove barriers of entry to the sport. Each participant receives a t-shirt/jersey and stick to keep!
reaching 1,155 first time players
Learn to Play presented by Performance Columbus in association with Moo Moo Express Car Wash
In collaboration with the OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks, we have simplified the hockey development pathway for boys and girls ages 10-and-under. Learn to Play aims to deliver a positive experience with age-appropriate instruction and certified coaching, led by former Blue Jacket Andrew Cassels. Last year, we expanded the program to be offered year-round.
SETS OF EQUIPMENT
were provided at no cost to families
Hockey is for Everyone
This past year, on our annual Hockey is for Everyone Night presented by Vorys, we shared the story of a pair of central Ohio born and raised girls of color that play ice hockey, twin sisters, Ebony and Essence Wyse. These 17-year-olds are dedicated to making the sport of hockey a welcoming and diverse place for women and people of color.
Blue Jackets Power Play Challenge presented by OhioHealth and PNC
This hockey-themed wellness curriculum is designed to combat childhood obesity by incorporating street hockey and incentive-based fitness challenges in physical education classes. The program, intended for students in grades 2-5, is offered free of charge to elementary schools.
representing 161 schools took the challenge
Street Hockey in the Community
Over the past 20 years, the Blue Jackets "sticks in hands" programs have provided children in central Ohio greater access to the sport while developing important life skills of teamwork, respect and responsibility. Through a comprehensive approach with community partners, we provide equipment donation, staff training, curriculum development, free clinics and more. All a kid needs are a pair of sneakers!
Columbus Ice Hockey Club
Our grant helped CIHC support their mission to allow youth from diverse communities and extenuating circumstances in central Ohio the opportunity to develop core values through hockey and use it as a vehicle to open doors and excel in all aspects of their lives.
exposed to skating and hockey
Ohio Sled Hockey
With support from our Foundation, Ohio Sled Hockey provides individuals with physical disabilities the chance to play hockey using specialized equipment. This past year, the program traveled to New Jersey to compete in the NHL Sled Classic.
CCYHA Special Hockey
Special Hockey makes the sport accessible for individuals with developmental disabilities and emphasizes players to have fun through teamwork, social interaction, and improving the quality of life. Our funding assists the local program with custom equipment, scholarships and travel support. This past year, Special Hockey hosted its first USA Hockey Special Classic at the OhioHealth Chiller in Dublin.
from 10 Special Hockey programs participated in the tournament
Additional Partners Supported
Every year, Blue Jackets players, team personalities, staff and season ticket holders give their time, attention and care to help those in need throughout our community.
by CBJ players, their significant others, and staff
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More Corporate Caring
With the help of the Columbia Gas Community Captain $75,000 investment, a new playground was created for families that learn at the South Side Early Learning Center.
Big Lots! donated $39,000 in recognition of the on-ice assists recorded during the season.
Vory’s donated $15,000 to Ohio AAA Blue Jackets Girls Development Program to continue breaking down barriers to the sport of hockey for youth in Columbus.
Advanced Drainage Systems donated $12,900+ in support of the “Between the Pipes” for every save made by a Blue Jackets goaltender during the season.
This year’s education grants were presented by Ohio's 529 Plan CollegeAdvantage, providing a $10,000 donation that went directly to our Education grant partners.
Perry’s Ice Cream donated $2,000 in proceeds from 5th Line Crunch to the Blue Jackets Foundation.
Panera Bread donated $950+ to the foundation through their Round-Up Text Campaign.
This year's Blue Jackets Foundation Grant Reception was presented by Jet's Pizza. Additionally, Jet's Pizza donated pizza to Blue Jackets community partners.
Delaware North Company donated food and beverage.
Reach out today to learn about the many ways you can support our mission
Thanks to support from donors like you, the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation has been able to donate more than $12.2 million to the community since the team’s inception in 2000.Make a Donation
Throughout the year, the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation hosts online auctions with unique items and experiences during regular season home games and for additional select dates and events including The CannonBall and The Golf Classic.Silent Auction
The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation has teamed up with local organizations to assist with their fundraising initiatives. The 50/50 Raffle, presented by KEMBA Financial Credit Union, is held during all regular season home games at Nationwide Arena.50/50 Raffle
The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization.