The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation was established by team founder John H. McConnell, whose vision was to create a philanthropic arm of the franchise to act as a vehicle to give Blue Jackets players, coaches and staff the opportunity to give back to the community it represents. Mr. McConnell, one of Central Ohio’s leading philanthropists, recognized the commitment and dedication NHL players historically have shown both on and off the ice. This was one of the factors in his decision to lead efforts to bring an NHL franchise to Columbus.
The Foundation was founded in March 2000 and since that time has awarded nearly $3 million dollars in monetary grants and donated over $50,000 in autographed merchandise to local non-profit organizations in support of their fundraising efforts.
The Foundation has an endowment fund at The Columbus Foundation to ensure the longevity of its important work throughout the community. In April 2008, the Foundation, in partnership with Columbus Blue Jackets players, established the John H. McConnell Scholarship Fund in honor of the team’s founding father who passed away on April 25, 2008.
The Foundation is committed to using its unique resources to secure partnerships with organizations dedicated to raising public awareness and financial support for essential and timely initiatives that represent our four recognized pillars of giving – pediatric cancer, children’s health & safety, education and the development of youth hockey.
These efforts will have a measurable impact on children’s physical fitness and nutrition, safety, education and literacy and provide support programs for pediatric cancer patients and their families while raising funds for childhood cancer research. In addition, the Foundation will partner with the Columbus Blue Jackets to make hockey more accessible and affordable for all children.