The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation held its largest fundraiser of the year, its CannonBall, to showcase its impact on the health and wellness of young people in central Ohio. The CannonBall, held May 5, 2022, at the Hilton Columbus Downtown, was themed “Swing into Spring” and featured Columbus Blue Jackets forward Sean Kuraly, who spoke about youth hockey.
During the CannonBall, the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation announced a commitment of $250,000 to build a community street hockey rink in Whitehall. The rink, expected to break ground in the summer and to be completed by the fall, will provide the city with access to hockey and promote fitness, and the Blue Jackets will also provide a number of resources to the city ofWhitehall, including clinics, curriculum, staff training, and equipment. The team will also work with the city to provide educational resources, including STEM education and hockey-focused wellness curriculum.
The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation focuses on youth wellness and health in central Ohio, including reading and academics, health initiatives like pediatric cancer, fitness through play, and youth hockey programs. In the past season, the Foundation supported more than 360 youth programs and reached over 87,000 youth and young people. Since 2000, the Foundation has invested over $11.9 million into the community through grants, and it also provides local schools with hockey-themed education resources and local youth and young people with hockey programs.
To learn more about the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation, visit bluejacketsfoundation.com.
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