The Development of Youth & Amateur Hockey
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation are committed to the development of youth and amateur hockey. For the past decade, 25% of all of the funds raised annually by the Blue Jackets Foundation have been dedicated to support the development of youth and amateur hockey; since 2000 we have given over $600,000. These funds have been used for various initiatives including establishing equipment banks at The Chiller Ice Rinks, the funding of collegiate scholarships for local senior hockey players, financial aid to help local players cover association fees and to support rink development throughout Central, Ohio. In addition, the Blue Jackets Fan Development department has contributed more than $200,000 to various youth hockey initiatives and the McConnell Education Foundation has contributed over $400,000 to the local high school programs.
In total over the last ten years, the Blue Jackets Foundation, along with the McConnell Education Foundation and the Blue Jackets Fan Development department, has given over $1.2 million to support youth and amateur hockey.
Investing in the future of the sport and breaking the barriers to entry into the sport are two integral focuses that the Foundation has maintained since its inception. Through the Fan and Community Development departments, many events and programs have been introduced that teach the fundamentals of hockey to people of all ages in a safe and professional environment. The Blue Jackets continually look to improve participant numbers and accomplish this through strong partnerships with youth organizations and ice rinks throughout the state.
The Blue Jackets Foundation Equipment Bank provides a bag of hockey equipment to kids interested in participating in the sport. The Foundation also works with the Chiller Ice Rinks to run a Hockey Equipment Swap every year. This equipment swap gives hockey players the opportunity to purchase new
and used equipment such as skates, helmets, pants, gloves, shoulder pads
and more for fractions of the normal cost. Read more.
The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation has dedicated 25% of its annual proceeds to the growth and support of amateur hockey in Columbus. Each season, a portion of these proceeds are specifically earmarked for the purpose of continuing an annual educational scholarship for a graduating high school senior. Read more.
The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation is the presenting partner of the CCYHA Special Hockey team. The mission of Special Hockey is to give people with physical and Developmental Disabilities the chance to play the sport of Ice Hockey. Read more.
The Hockey is for Everyone initiative is a component of "The Biggest Assist Happens off the Ice," the National Hockey League's social responsibility program that builds on the League's long-standing tradition of addressing important social issues in North America and around the world. Read more.
Street Jackets, a member of the NHL Street Program, is a grass-roots street hockey program that allows kids to learn the basic skills of hockey on the playgrounds or in the gymnasiums of community based facilities through the donation of equipment, training sessions and manuals. Read more.
The mission of the Columbus Blue Jackets Fan Development Department is to give back to the community through various programming and events that introduce and teach the fundamentals of hockey to people of all ages in a safe and professional environment. Read more.