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#CBJGives: Boy Scouts of America
Wednesday July 23, 2014

Raise your hands - how many of you were Boy Scouts growing up?

Hockey and Boy Scouts have a lot of character traits in common - dedication, respect, hard work - so it only makes sense that a further partnership was born, introducing scouts to hockey skills on the ice. That’s how Skate into Scouting was born.

Skate into Scouting is our partnership with the Simon Kenton Council of the Boy Scouts of America that introduces scouts to the game of hockey and provides them an avenue for physical activity through skating at the Chiller Ice Rinks. Since 2008, over 25,915 scouts in Central Ohio have been introduced to the game and reciprocally, introduced to the benefits of of Boy Scouts membership.

"Thanks to the generosity of the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation, the partnership has introduced thousands of youngsters to the sport of hockey and continues to reinforce our important, mutual belief: that encouraging youth to embrace physical activity and healthy habits will improve community wellness for years to come."

Scouting and skating - we like the sound of that.


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Loved spending the morning with Columbus Ice Hockey Club and Columbus Parks & Rec at their street hockey clinic at Brentnell Rec Center.

Great hands!


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#CBJGives: A Kid Again
Tuesday July 22, 2014

It’s moments like the picture above that help restore a kid’s healing and happiness when they’re sick. Moments that we’re proud to help create for our friends at A Kid Again.

Together we’ve partnered to create a Blue Jackets Adventure, a chance for kids to be kids at - where else? - a Blue Jackets game. Upon arrival at Nationwide Arena, we roll out the red carpet and are so happy to provide experiences from zamboni rides, to bench warming - and of course a Stinger visit - all during the game.

Here’s just a little bit of what our friends shared with us about the experience:

"The Blue Jackets Adventures continues to have a very high percentage of attendance and, not surprisingly, our families LOVE their Columbus Blue Jackets. [You] help us to provide Hope, Happiness, and Healing for our families raising kids with life-threatening illnesses!"

You can see why we love supporting groups like these - and we look forward to their visits year after year. Thanks A Kid Again!


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#CBJGives: CCYHA Special Hockey
Monday July 21, 2014

CCYHA Blue Jackets Special Hockey - Skating at Nationwide Arena! Feb. 1, 2014 from Dave Weissman on Vimeo.

One of the things we love most about hockey is it’s inclusiveness, welcoming all abilities and age levels to the game regardless of your ability to play.

It’s the reason we love giving clinics to all ages and abilities, visiting all areas of the state, and supporting organizations like CCYHA Special Hockey.

CCYHA Special Hockey is an organization committed to providing the game of ice hockey to kids with developmental disabilities. Affiliated with the American Special Hockey Association, they allow athletes of different mental and physical abilities to play, and make the program affordable for kids who wish to be a part of it.

Team manager Chris Wenzke specifically mentions alleviating the financial burden for special needs families:

"The assistance we receive from the Foundation keeps our program affordable so we can attract many families with special needs kids to the program."

Our shared commitment to growing the game seems to be working - Special Hockey has expanded their Learn-to-Skate sessions to attract new players to the program and expanded their schedules to play in three ASHA tournaments this past season.

Giving all kids the chance to play the game we love - you can see why we’re so happy to support this organization.


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#CBJGives: Flying Horse Farms
Friday July 18, 2014

The positivity, exuberance, excitement and unrelenting compassion that radiates from Flying Horse Farms makes every camper, volunteer and staff member feel a sense of appreciation, a sense of family, a sense of belonging when they’re at camp. After experiencing it ourselves firsthand, its the reason we love supporting this great organization.

Flying Horse Farms allows kids with various medical conditions, cancer, asthma, heart and kidney disease, to experience the age old past-time of summer camp and most importantly, to just be kids. Kids get to experience activities ranging from boating to sports, archery to ropes courses, and maybe even a game of ball hockey on the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation Sport Court, all activities that help them heal through distraction, and participate in activities they never thought possible.

The most symbolic aspect of Flying Horse Farms is the “hole in the wall” - the entrance to camp, and once a camper passes through, they leave behind the stresses and worries that might face on a daily basis.

Because camp is free for all kids regardless of their ability to pay, we’re thrilled to provide support to Flying Horse Farms for their programming. After all, the true magic of camp, is all of the friendships and possibilities it creates that last a lifetime.


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#CBJGives: KidSMILES
Thursday July 17, 2014

Sometimes it’s hard to get kids to brush their teeth.

But mix together one part Stinger + a giant toothbrush + a school assembly and you’ve got a recipe to teach kids the importance of dental health. Oh, and maybe have a good time too.

KidSMILES Pediatric Dental Clinic does exactly this, visiting over 15 elementary schools over the past three years to educate kids on good dental hygiene. In addition to a visit from Stinger, kids get a goody bag of dental supplies, a brushing timer, dental health tips and a Stinger coloring page.

But KidSMILES also takes it one step further, administering $10 dental appointments to Columbus-area kids in need at their new clinic, which opened last summer.

That’s why we’re proud to be a founding organization for the program. Anytime we can keep kids healthy in a fun an interactive way, we love to be a part of.


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#CBJGives: Flashes of Hope
Wednesday July 16, 2014

These are the pictures that give us all the feels….

It’s the joy on the kids’ faces, the honor written on our hockey players faces and the beautiful moments and memories that can only be captured at a Flashes of Hope photo shoot.

That’s why we love our friends at Flashes of Hope. They provide an opportunity for kids with cancer to enjoy a must-needed break from treatment by offering photo sessions that make them feel confident about their changing appearance. The great thing about these photos is that they not only capture their bravery and courageousness, but also the simple joy of being a kid.

Over 300 kids have been served through our funding on the Columbus chapter, 300 families who have an experience like this one:

“We were hesitant to have the pictures done, [but were] totally blown away with the quality and LOVE them. I can look back on that phase of (patient’s) battle and smile because of how you captured the moment. Thank you for providing me this memory. I am forever grateful.”

Our support also extends beyond the Columbus area – we’ve introduced Flashes of Hope to nine NHL teams across the country. Flashes of Hope is an integral part of our pediatric cancer heroes program and we’re thrilled the memories that our heroes and players form here locally also have an opportunity to extend to many other kids around the nation.


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#CBJGives: Ronald McDonald House
Tuesday July 15, 2014

There might not be more of an iconic philanthropy image than that of the Ronald McDonald house – with Ronald McDonald himself giving a kid a helping hand.

If we could add a third helping hand to that image, a Blue Jackets hockey glove, we would do so, not only because we love to support our local house, but we’re even more excited to deepen our relationship with them this coming season.

Our relationship with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio dates back to 2010, when we started to assist families with children at Nationwide Children’s Hospital via the house’s Helping Hands program. See, we’ve always believed that we can help fight pediatric cancer through treatment and research, but we also believe we can help the fight through the power of healing through distraction – helping to relieve the stress of treatment for both kids and their families. Helping Hands does exactly this – providing the comforts of home at the Ronald McDonald house across the street from Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Comforts such as home cooked meals, a place to stay, and an environment to recharge – providing both emotional and physical comfort and allowing families to be close to their child. This past year our funding provided comforts for 32 families staying at the house.

This year we’re also excited to expand our relationship with the house, thanks to our very own Lady Jackets. The Lady Jackets are already volunteers at the house – read Brett Letestu’s first hand account here – but they wanted to take their commitment further and dedicated the funds raised from their Player Favorite Basket auction at the holidays to create a princess room. Officially called the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation Community Room, can you think of a better place to heal through distraction than in a fairy-tale castle? Look for a reveal of this room closer to the start of the season, complete with a celebratory Tea Party to boot.

We love funding our friends at the Ronald McDonald House – and look forward to a continuing partnership for years to come.


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#CBJGives: A Record-Setting Year of Giving
Tuesday July 15, 2014

As you may have read in our earlier issued press release, today we’re so proud to announce a record-setting grant to the Columbus community of $800,000.

This number wouldn’t be possible without the support of fans and donors like you - from attending events, to participating in jersey auctions, to buying 50/50 raffle tickets, with your help, we’ll be able to reach more of our Columbus community than ever before.

Because of your generosity, we would like to introduce you to some of the organizations we’ll be funding, organizations who help kids overcome sickness and get healthy, teach character development, safety and sportsmanship, and spread the game of hockey - the game we love.

So follow along with us over the next couple of weeks as we highlight these amazing organizations - and to make even easier, we’re curating everything on the hashtag, #CBJGives.

And from all of us with the Blue Jackets Foundation - THANK YOU.


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Community Power Play: Goals for the Community
Monday July 14, 2014

POWER PLAY GOAL!

This year, our Columbus Blue Jackets power play goals meant just as much off-the-ice, as they did on…

We’d like to extend a huge THANK YOU to our friends at the Jacket Backers for helping us launch the #CommunityPowerPlay this year - a fundraising effort where every power play goal scored by our #CBJ resulted in a $10 donation to the community. Funds were possible from donations on the concourse, and from the Jackets Backers charitable membership base.

The #CommunityPowerPlay was an idea born from former Jacket Backer member Dave who used to put a can at the Jacket Backers table at Section 116 that read “DONATIONS FOR MORE POWER PLAY GOALS” during times when the team needed an extra nudge on the ice. To honor Dave, we’re proud to announce that this year’s inaugural #CommunityPowerPlay resulted in 62 power play goals, with $1700 presented to the Blue Jackets Foundation (that’s us!).

Cheers to our friends at the Jacket Backers - and to even more power play goals during the 2014-15 season!


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