What We Do
The Foundation is dedicated to using its unique resources to raise public awareness and financial support for essential and timely initiatives that represent four recognized pillars of giving – pediatric cancer, children’s health & safety, education and the development of youth & amateur hockey. We do so by creating first-class fundraising events and special programs through partnerships forged with local charitable organizations. In conjunction with their staffs, volunteers, contributors and stakeholders, we work to ensure the successful execution of these events and programs. We also work with our players and coaches to identify causes and organizations in which they can lend their support.
The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation offers a variety of programs in support of local non profit organizations. Serving central Ohio communities in support of initiatives that are important to the fans who support our team has always been a priority for our organization. Thanks to the commitment of Blue Jackets players, their wives, the fans and the Columbus community, the Foundation has awarded over $3 million in grants to worthy central Ohio charities since its inception in 2000.
Since its inception the Foundation has…
- Donated over $3 million dollars to local charitable organizations
- Raised over $1 million in support of the fight against pediatric cancer
- Opened the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation Family Resource Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in March 2006
- Provided 18,500 Blue Jackets sport helmets to keep local children safe during play
- Created the Blue Jackets Book Jackets literacy incentive program that has seen Central Ohio students read over 10 million minutes
- Facilitated over 300 annual appearances by Blue Jackets players and coaches in support of local organizations
Each season, nearly a half a million dollars is donated back to the Central Ohio community by the Blue Jackets Foundation through a variety of programs including monetary grants, autographed merchandise donations, and the Tickets Charity program. Read more.
The Blue Jackets Foundation’s Hats For Heroes pediatric cancer program has become the signature focus for much of the Foundation’s fundraising, programming, and grant-making efforts. To date, the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation has raised over $1 million in support of the fight against pediatric cancer. Hats For Heroes is more than simply a vehicle to raise money to fight pediatric cancer, it has become a way to touch lives. Read more.
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation are dedicated to promoting education within the Central Ohio community through various educational initiatives. Read more.
The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation is committed each season to keeping children within the Central Ohio community safe and healthy by promoting wellness through various outreach programming. Read more.
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation are committed to the development of 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. Read more.
The Blue Jackets Foundation works closely with the players and coaches to identify causes and organizations in which they can lend their support. Read more.
The Blue Jackets players in partnership with the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation established the John H. McConnell Scholarship Fund in 2008 to honor the life and legacy of the team’s late founder John H. McConnell. The fund was created to give fans of all ages the opportunity to honor Mr. Mac and his deep-rooted belief in the importance of giving back to the community. Each year, one local high school senior, who personifies his character and leadership, will be awarded a $10,000 scholarship. Read more.