Beyond The Benches

Blue Jackets Donate Over $1 Million In Grants

The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation announced outside the Nationwide Arena that $1,050,000  has been awarded to local charitable and youth hockey organizations in the current calendar grant cycle. This record-setting amount surpassed last year’s total of $850,000. The Foundation was formed in 2000 and is currently sitting at more than $8.1 million in charitable donations.

The announcement also included a $400,000 match commitment from the City of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department to go toward a playground and park program.

“Given that unstructured play and physical activity is so important in fostering youth health and wellness, we’re thrilled to help the City toward its goal of having a playground and park within a half mile walk of every home,” said Blue Jackets Foundation Vice President of Community Relations Kathryn Dobbs.

The Blue Jackets captured the announcement on Friday.