COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets, in conjunction with team partner Bob Evans Restaurants, announced January 13 the launch of the team's new Student Achievers Program which encourages scholastic excellence, civic responsibility and perseverance by rewarding students with free tickets to an upcoming Blue Jackets home game at Nationwide Arena.
The program, which will be rolled out initially to approximately 480 central Ohio elementary and middle schools, was introduced today at a school assembly for over 700 students with Blue Jackets Head Coach Scott Arniel, Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger and Bob Evans Vice President of Marketing Mike Agee at Buckeye Woods Elementary in Grove City. During the kickoff event, eight students were recognized as the first round of Blue Jackets Student Achievers.
The Student Achievers program is driven by nominations from participating school administrators and/or teachers that wish to recognize students who have excelled academically or shown significant improvement this year. Students that have perfect attendance or have made an impact in non-academic areas such as community service are also eligible.
"We're very pleased to introduce a program that gives educators a unique opportunity to reward students who distinguish themselves in a variety of ways – either in the classroom or the community," said Blue Jackets President Mike Priest.
Student Achievers will receive a pair of tickets to a Blue Jackets game as well as a voucher redeemable for a kid's meal at Bob Evans. In addition, all Student Achievers are invited to submit a brief essay for a chance to be selected as a Student Achiever of the Year. The two winning students will be recognized at a future game where each will receive a $500 U.S. Savings Bond, courtesy of Bob Evans Restaurants and the Columbus Blue Jackets. In addition, the winning student’s respective schools will receive a check for $1,000 to be used for supplies and equipment as determined by the principal.
The Blue Jackets return to action Friday when the club hosts the Detroit Red Wings. Game time from Nationwide Arena is set for 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Wheeling Island Hotel & Casino Blue Jackets Radio Network, including 97.1 The Fan and online at BlueJackets.com.
Single-game tickets for Blue Jackets home games, starting at $22, are on sale at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, The FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line Team Store at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, ticket outlets at the Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at BlueJackets.com and Ticketmaster.com. For information on season tickets, a variety of partial-season plans and group tickets, call (800) NHL-COLS or visit BlueJackets.com.