Overview & History
The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation Hats For Heroes program was founded in 2000 to support the fight against pediatric cancer by both raising money through the sale of Hats For Heroes merchandise, funding breakthrough research and bringing a smile to the face of a child battling pediatric cancer or any life threatening illness.
The fight against pediatric cancer remains the Blue Jackets Foundation's signature focus for much of its fundraising, programming, and grant-making efforts. We believe that Hats For Heroes is about Support… Encouragement… and Hope.
Dollars raised by the Foundation currently fund support programs for pediatric cancer patients & their families, critical research projects and assistance in providing palliative care to these young victims.
Driven by the tireless dedication of the program’s founder, Tyler Wright, Hats For Heroes has become more than simply a vehicle to raise money to fight pediatric cancer, it has become a way to touch lives.
Over the years, the personal commitment by players, past and present, along with the enthusiastic support by fans, sponsors and community partners such as the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #9, has enabled Hats For Heroes to make an immeasurable impact on many lives.
Whether it is player visits at Nationwide Children’s Hospital; a memorable day of horseback riding; a fall trip to a private pumpkin patch; a special dinner with your favorite hockey hero; or the chance to drop the puck before 18,000 fans, Hats For Heroes is about making a difference.
Thanks to financial grants awarded by the Blue Jackets Foundation, Hats For Heroes made possible the development of two programs at Nationwide Children’s Hospital to support pediatric cancer patients and their families– the sibling support program and the Stinger Bravery Beads program.
Donate to the Foundation or visit the Hats For Heroes Store