RALEIGH, NC - Don Waddell, President of Gale Force Sports & Entertainment and the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that Jon Chase has been named the Executive Director of the Kids 'N Community Foundation.
Chase, 36, joined the Hurricanes as a member of the promotions and fan development game night staff in 2002. During his tenure, he has held the roles of promotions and fan development coordinator, manager and director of promotions and fan development, and director of community relations and promotions. Chase will now oversee the team's community relations efforts and giving through the Kid 'N Community Foundation. Chase graduated from North Carolina State University in 2003.
"Jon has been an incredibly valuable member of the Hurricanes organization for 13 years," Waddell said. "He has a great passion for this community, the Foundation and the Hurricanes, and he will do a great job leading the Kid 'N Community Foundation."
As "The Heart of the Carolina Hurricanes," the Kids 'N Community Foundation strives to meet the health and educational needs of underserved populations and strengthen youth hockey in our community through programming and financial assistance to local, youth-oriented organizations. Since the establishment of the non-profit Foundation in 1997, over $14 million in cash has been awarded to non-profit organizations that focus on enhancing the lives of youth in our community. With the ongoing support of our annual special events, Hurricanes players, staff and the corporate community, the Kids 'N Community Foundation is able to fund many causes including scholarship programs, youth hockey initiatives, education and literacy efforts, health programs and the arts.