McConnell The Columbus Blue Jackets in partnership with the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation, have established the John H. McConnell Scholarship Fund in honor of the team’s founder.

Family Resource Center

Pediatric Cancer Support Programs

Family Resource Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital

Located along the primary public concourse in Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s new Clinical Expansion Facility, is a place of respite and comfort for patients’ families. The Center provides a variety of services and amenities to ease the stress that naturally accompanies any hospital stay. The space was designed to replicate the colors and overall atmosphere of Nationwide Arena, home to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Read more.

Sibling Support Program

Sibling SupportThe grant to Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s oncology unit has been utilized to develop a sibling support program. Much research has indicated that the diagnosis and treatment of cancer not only impacts the patient, but the whole family. This program is a six-week curriculum-based program that has been designed for adolescent siblings aged 8-16 to provide education, key resources, and counseling. The sessions are led by trained psychologists and social workers who follow an educational workbook. Each child receives a tour of the hospital and a special graduation ceremony with Blue Jackets mascot, Stinger. Read more.

Stinger's Bravery Beads Program

Stinger Bravery BeadsStinger’s Bravery Beads is a program designed to allow patients the opportunity to collect beads of multiple shapes and colors to correspond with various stages of their cancer treatment. (Example: a red bead for a blood transfusion, a green bead for a chemotherapy treatment, etc.). Each child will receive their very own starting kit which includes a Blue Jackets Foundation bead, a Stinger bead, a Nationwide Children’s Hospital bead and the child’s name in lettered beads complete with a plastic puck case from Stinger.

Flashes of Hope Photo Shoots

Stinger Bravery BeadsThe Blue Jackets Foundation teams up with Flashes of Hope each season to create uplifting photographs of children fighting cancer and life-threatening illnesses. The partnership provides monthly photo shoots for young patients at Nationwide Children's Hospital with each family receiving a free portfolio of images. Read More.  

Hospital Visits

Since it's inception in 2001, the Hats For Heroes program has quickly become the signature program for the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation. All of the Blue Jackets players are actively involved in the program by regularly autographing hats and making appearances on the oncology/hematology units at Nationwide Children's and OhioHealth's Hospitals to greet patients and deliver personalized hats.

Hockey Fights Cancer Night

in partnership with OhioHealth

Each year this game is dedicated to creating awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer and features in-game participation by the Foundation's youngest heroes currently battling life threatening illnesses. Over 10 young pediatric patients are involved in key elements of the game from the puck drop and stick boy/girl to Zamboni rides. After the game they are greeted by Blue Jackets players. Read more.

Cancer Connections and KidShare

The Jackets Foundation has teamed up with the OhioHealth Foundation to create a new patient navigator system known as Cancer Connections.  This program acts as a portal entrance to a patient’s cancer care at Riverside Methodist Hospital. It is designed to create a smoother transition from cancer patient to survivorship, has been implemented into healthcare systems nationally but will be a first for central Ohio. In addition to the funding of cancer planners and staffing resources, the partnership also provides Wii systems and an air hockey table at Riverside’s campus for therapeutic and recreational use for patients and their families. The grant also continues to support OhioHealth’s KidShare family support program. Read more.