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There's no offseason to giving back for the Blue Jackets

Organization ramped up its charity efforts during the summer months

by Staff BlueJacketsNHL /

There's a long break between games during the summer months for the Blue Jackets, but the organization takes no time off when it comes to serving the community.

From the annual playground build to summer programs for local youth to brightening the day of those in need, staff, players, alumni and the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation had a busy summer when it came to giving back. 

A few highlights from the summer months can be found below. 

The Blue Jackets hosted groups like the Boys & Girls Club of Columbus, Girls on the Run Central Ohio, and others as part of the CBJ Community Skating Program at the Ice Haus. Blue Jackets like Alexandre Texier and Emil Bemstrom also stopped by to encourage the kids in their quest to gain proficiency on the ice.

Tweet from @CBJfoundation: "It's important to give everyone a chance to get on the ice and try the greatest sport in the world." - #CBJ prospect Emil Bemstrom @bluejacketsnhl | #CBJGivesBack

Throughout the summer, the Blue Jackets Summer Takeover presented by Huntington reached almost 3,000 kids with more than 30 stops around central Ohio. The street hockey clinics, geared towards campers ages 6-12, focused on the hockey fundamentals of stick handling, passing and shooting. Through the program campers learn the rules of the game and the importance of teamwork, respect and responsibility.

Tweet from @CBJfoundation: A great way to end the week with a Summer Takeover clinic pres. by @Huntington_Bank in Westerville!#CBJ | #CBJGivesBack

Members of the organization also made sure to give back in the community while taking special care to make visits to brighten the day of those who might need it. Stinger stopped by Nationwide Children's Hospital in June to mark the final day of chemo for one central Ohioan, while Nick Foligno and Brandon Dubinsky made a visit to suburban Cleveland to visit a young CBJ fan battling cancer.

Tweet from @CBJfoundation: So excited to celebrate Aria���s last day of chemo and her news of remission! ������💙������#CBJ | #CBJGivesBack

Tweet from @CBJfoundation: Meet Ryan. He had to quit playing hockey last November due to his cancer treatment, but come this November he���ll be going to his first NHL and @BlueJacketsNHL game! Big thanks to @NickFoligno & @BDubi17 for surprising him in Cleveland today!#CBJ | #CBJGivesBack

Rick Nash was among those in the Blue Jackets organization to stop by to see the future of the sport in Columbus, visiting with the youngsters taking to the ice at the OhioHealth Chillers. 

Tweet from @CBJfoundation: .@BlueJacketsNHL alum Rick Nash continues to give back to the community! Thanks for taking time to visit future hockey stars at @ChillerIceRinks! #CBJ | #CBJGivesBack

Meanwhile, Blue Jackets community MVP Foligno continued one of the most notable philanthropic efforts of any NHL player each summer as the NHL vs. Docs charity hockey game he helps run in Sudbury, Ontario, returned for a fourth year. The proceeds, which this year topped $300,000, from the game that featured a number of Foligno's Blue Jackets teammates go to the NEO Kids Foundation. 

Tweet from @CBJfoundation: And this is why @NickFoligno is our Community MVP! Well done, Nick!

In August, the entire organization came together for the annual playground build. Blue Jackets staff and alumni like Jody Shelley pitched in to build a CBJ-themed playground at Beatty Park.

Tweet from @CBJfoundation: "We understand the wonderful community we live in, and it only gets that way by doing things like this." - @shelleyhawk45 So proud of all the work the @BlueJacketsNHL staff & alumni did yesterday to build a #CBJ playground at Beatty Park:

Blue Jackets staff also came together in a crafty way this summer to make unique CBJ signs that fans will be able to buy this season as part of the team's online auction. Proceeds from the stylish pieces and all other auction items will go to the CBJ Foundation.

Tweet from @CBJfoundation: Is it hockey season yet?!? @BlueJacketsNHL staff helped us get ready for this season���s auction by building custom #CBJ signs to be signed by your favorite Blue Jackets!You���ll find these and more come October at 😄 #CBJGivesBack

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