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CBJ Foundation announces scholarship recipients

Jenkins, Himes honored for showing commitment to community, academics and extracurricular activities

by Staff @CBJFoundation /

Each season the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation invests in educational scholarships for graduating high school seniors who have shown a commitment to their community, academics and extracurricular activities who wish to further his or her education beyond high school. We're proud to announce this year's recipients.

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CBJ Green Month pres. by ADS raises nearly $40,000

Fundraisers included green jersey raffle, recycled item auction and ADS "Between the Pipes" donation.

by CBJ Foundation @CBJFoundation /

Throughout the month of March, the Columbus Blue Jackets invited fans to join the club in promoting environmental sustainability with a host of themed events and fundraisers. Here's Green Month by the numbers:

  • $25,000+ raised from the CBJ Foundation's Green Jersey Raffle
  • 70+ items of hockey equipment were donated by fans
  • $2,600+ raised from the CBJ Foundation's recycled auction items
  • $10,645 donated by ADS for "Between the Pipes" saves so far this season


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Worthington Industries Community Suite Spotlight

Meet Josh, a Columbus native, longtime CBJ fan and marine,

by CBJ Foundation @CBJFoundation /

Meet Josh. As a Columbus native, he was overjoyed when the Blue Jackets came into town in 2000, but in 2006 he focused his devotion to his country and enlisted in the Marine Corps.

He's been serving around the world and cheering on CBJ over the past 12 years. But in December, he got to share that love with his family thanks to Worthington Industries. Josh, wife Audrey and three kids got stationed in South Korea for three years starting this past January. As a last hoorah before their deployment, Josh with his family and friends got to cheer on CBJ in December from Worthington Industries Community Suite.

"It's the first Blue Jackets game all three of my kids have ever been to. We traveled cross-country in late December to be able to see friends and family before we left for South Korea, but we can't say thank you enough to Worthington Industries for giving us this suite so we could have a night out with everyone," Josh said.

Throughout this season, over 150 community members have enjoyed Blue Jackets games in Worthington Industries community suite.

"We are honored to have hosted Josh and his family," said Sonya Higginbotham, Vice President of Communications for Worthington Industries. "We have partnered with the Blue Jackets for the last few years to give veterans and community organizations the opportunity to enjoy Blue Jackets hockey in a unique suite experience."

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CBJ reflect on Hockey is for Everyone Month

Hockey is for Everyone Month pres. by Vorys celebrated diversity and inclusion in hockey

by CBJ Foundation @CBJFoundation /

Throughout the month of February, the Blue Jackets celebrated diversity and inclusion within the sport of hockey at various on-ice and off-ice events to demonstrate the platform of hockey and life skills that transcend the sport.

The month kicked off with an intergenerational street hockey game at Worthington Christian Village Retirement Community. Preschool students joined senior citizens at a local retirement home where they participated in a skill clinic and a seated floor hockey game. The game was complete with the National Anthem sung by Leo Welsh, a cheering section, play-by-play commentary by Bill Davidge and coaching with former Blue Jackets players Jared Boll and RJ Umberger.

Video: CBJ host intergenerational street hockey game

Blue Jackets Savard and Dubois made a visit to Ecole Kenwood French Immersion Elementary to speak to youngsters in their native French tongue demonstrating the importance of why the kids should learn another language and the doors that can open later in life.

READ MORE: Dubois and Savard visit French Immersion School

On February 18, 60 girls (ages 6-14) participated in Girls Hockey Day at Nationwide Arena. The on-ice clinic focused on skill developments and small-area games with instruction from Lisa Chession, who won a silver medal as a member of Team USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and currently plays for the Buffalo Beauts of the National Women's Hockey League.

READ MORE: Girls Hockey Day at Nationwide Arena

The puck dropped on Hockey Is For Everyone Night pres. by Vorys on February 23 with a full game-night featuring on-ice introduction of individuals representing a wide spectrum of leagues and programs; auction of rainbow colored Pride taped sticks and Pride-themed pucks used by players during pregame warmups; and several other recognitions.

READ MORE: Hockey is for Everyone Night Recap

The month wrapped up with over 2,500 students (grades 4-8) enjoying a field trip to Nationwide Arena where they learned about how STEM curriculum can apply to jobs in hockey.

Video: 2,500 students visited Nationwide Arena

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CBJ fans donated over 40,000 personal care items

Items were donated in support of the USO of Central Ohio

by CBJ Foundation @CBJFoundation /

Thanks to Blue Jackets fans, over 40,000 personal care items were donated to our military item drive in support of the USO of Central Ohio. In coordination with the team's military appreciation efforts, CBJ staff members also volunteered and helped sort the items to be sent to local USO lounges.

Be sure to check out the Military Appreciation Night Recap!

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CBJ Foundation hosts 2018 Skate with the Pros fundraiser

The CBJ Foundation raised over $15,000 to benefit the children of central Ohio.

by CBJ Foundation @CBJFoundation /

One hundred kids skated alongside Blue Jackets players: Zach Werenski, Riley Nash, Ryan Murray, Anthony Duclair and Joonas Korpisalo, and Stinger on the ice at Nationwide Arena.

Tweet from @BlueJacketsNHL: It's always a blast skating with our young fans!#CBJ

The sold out event was a fundraiser offered through the CBJ Foundation's auction platform and raised $15,000 to benefit children in central Ohio. Included with the skate, each participant received an autographed CBJ frame by all players in attendance and the opportunity to take one photo with the group of players as well. 

Video: The CBJ Foundation raised $15,000 with the fundraiser

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In The Community: January Events

It's the start of the New Year and a busy month for the Blue Jackets in the community.

by Darla Owens @CBJFoundation /

It's the start of the New Year and a busy month for the Blue Jackets in the community. Make sure to mark your calendars for the following community events!

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In The Community: Community Report

Blue Jackets Foundation impacting over 200,000 youth in our community

by Darla Owens @CBJFoundation /

Thanks to the support of the best fans and partners in the league, the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation invested more than $2.7 million dollars back into our central Ohio community during the 2017-18 season.

Find out all the ways CBJ gave back impacting over 200,000 youth in our community report here. 

The Columbus Blue Jackets and the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation are dedicated to making a difference in central Ohio, on and off the ice.

  • $300,000+ game tickets donated to military troops and their families
  • 6,000 hours volunteered by fans, CBJ Players, Lady Jackets and staff
  • $129,310 donated in equipment, supplies and skating passes to schools
  • 700+ organizations supported
  • 40,000+ students received free education resources

We look forward to continuing this momentum into the 2018-2019 season!

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