The Columbus Blue Jackets and Blue Jackets Foundation is proud to present the 2021-22 Community Report. Click below to learn about all the community initiatives and foundation activities supported by the Blue Jackets during the past year.
The fight against pediatric cancer has been one of the Blue Jackets Foundation's primary areas of focus since the team's inception in 2000. Hats For Heroes and additional fundraising programs have raised more than $4 million to fund a variety of support programs for pediatric cancer patients and their families, including therapy through distraction, critical research projects and assistance in providing palliative care for youth.
Health & Safety
In keeping with the goal to help central Ohio kids get healthy, play safely and stay active, the Foundation has invested more than $8.1 million to support youth health and wellness initiatives in central Ohio.
Education Through Literacy
A priority of the Blue Jackets has been, and continues to be, making reading accessible to all children in our community. The Foundation invests in Education Through Literacy to ensure every child has access to reading resources. We are proud to partner with Ohio's 529 Plan, CollegeAdvantage for our Book Jackets reading program.
Since the team's arrival and Foundation's creation in 2000, we have worked tirelessly to grow the game we love. Our commitment to the development of youth hockey and reducing barriers to the sport runs deep because we believe everyone should have a chance to play. You can learn more HERE about how to get started in hockey.
Community Captains are corporate partners who invest dollars into the CBJ Foundation and work together to make an impact within the central Ohio area. Community Captains help amplify story telling of the works done by the Foundation's philanthropic efforts.
As a Community Captain, Columbia Gas of Ohio's investment funded a new playground built for families that learn at the South Side Early Learning Center. In 2022, Columbus Gas invested in the Community Shelter Board to support their coordinated response to homelessness in Central Ohio.
Each year the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation uses its unique resources to raise funds that help local non-profits whose mission is similar to our own: the health and wellness of local children. Organizations may request funds through our formalized grant process.
The Blue Jackets players in partnership with the CBJ Foundation established the John H. McConnell Scholarship in 2008 to provide one local high school senior a $10,000 scholarship in honor of the life and legacy of the team's late founder, John H. McConnell.
Each season, the CBJ Foundation awards a scholarship to a graduating high school senior who wishes to further their education beyond high school and has excelled in their commitment to hockey, in their leadership, and in the academic and extracurricular activities.
CBJ Foundation auctions are a great place for fans to grab unique team-signed items, while helping those in need. The auctions are held throughout the season - and at other times throughout the year. All proceeds benefit the Foundation's four pillars: pediatric cancer, education, health and safety and the growth and development of amateur hockey.
Fan can participate by visiting CBJauction.givesmart.com or by texting CBJAUCTION to 76278
The CBJ Foundation hosts several special jersey raffles throughout the season including Hockey Fights Cancer Night, Hockey Is For Everyone Night, Military Appreciation Night, St. Patrick's Day/Green Night and Kids Takeover Night. Fans have the chance to win signed jerseys worn by the Blue Jackets players during pre-game warmups on these nights. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the BLT on the main concourse during those games, online at CBJauction.givesmart.com or by texting CBJAUCTION to 76278.
You can show your support of the Blue Jackets and help those in need by purchasing specific Blue Jackets merchandise, including Hats For Heroes hats and other special items, that support the Foundation.
This exclusive outing gives guests a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in a day of golf with their favorite Blue Jackets players in addition to playing one of the best courses in the country - Double Eagle Club
The CBJ Foundation's Community MVP Award, which recognizes the player who best exemplifies service, dedication and leadership, was most recently awarded to Jack Roslovic for creating Rosie's Gears for Goals in 2020 to give back to the community that helped him get to where he is today.