COLUMBUS, OHIO – In keeping with its mission to support the education of local youth and advance the development of youth and amateur hockey, the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation announced during Saturday’s game that Akeem Adesiji of Columbus was awarded this year’s $10,000 High School Hockey Scholarship. Adesiji, who will graduate from Whetstone High School in June, plans to attend The Ohio State University with an anticipated major in environmental science.
Adesiji began playing street hockey at age 10 and then graduated to ice hockey playing for the Columbus Ice Hockey Club (CIHC), a local nonprofit organization affiliated with the National Hockey League’s Hockey Is for Everyone™ program. After five years with CIHC, Adesiji went on to play for the Northeast Storm of the Greater Columbus High School Hockey League, where he helped the team to two state qualifying seasons. This multi-sport athlete also played high school tennis and captained his varsity soccer and volleyball teams.
After leaving CIHC to play high school hockey, Adesiji returned to the club to serve as an on-ice instructor and mentor to young players. He also worked for Columbus Recreation and Parks department as an instructor for their skating enrichment program. In the summer of 2014, he was one of six central Ohio kids selected to spend a week at the Minnesota Hockey Camp thanks to the #HartnellDown Foundation, a nonprofit organization started by Blue Jackets forward Scott Hartnell.
In the classroom, Adesiji boasts a cumulative 4.1 GPA and serves as president of his school’s National Honor Society. He was also recently named one of four recipients of the NHL/Thurgood Marshall College Fund academic scholarship, which has been awarded annually to outstanding youth hockey players since 2012.
About the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation
Founded in 2000, the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation’s mission is to support youth health and wellness in central Ohio. As the charitable arm of the National Hockey League club, the Foundation leverages its unique resources – players, coaches, staff and fans – to partner with and invest in central Ohio charities. For more information on the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation, visit www.BlueJacketsFoundation.org.