Throughout October, the Sharks Foundation was focused on engaging youth and families in living active lifestyles through its Healthy Living Campaign. Starting with an event on October 16, the Sharks Foundation launched the campaign with a visit to Columbia Middle School in Sunnyvale. During the event Sharks mascot S.J. Sharkie and #9 Evander Kane distributed 80 pairs of complimentary eyeglasses to some of the school's 6th-8th grade students. The event was part of a two-year, $100,000 grant from the Sharks Foundation to non-profit Vision To Learn which was used to create and operate a Sharks-themed Mobile Van Clinic. The Mobile Clinic is on track to provide free eye exams and glasses to roughly 7,000 Santa Clara County students over the two-year period.
On October 17, the Sharks Foundation hosted a street hockey court ribbon cutting ceremony in partnership with Kaiser Permanente and The Good Tidings Foundation at Selma Olinder Elementary School in San Jose, a project stemmed from the Foundation's Blacktop Resurfacing Program. San Jose Sharks broadcasters Randy Hahn and Dan Rusanowsky emceed the dedication in front of the school's principal, teachers and 120 students from its 4th and 5th grade classes. In addition to the court, the school was given brand-new street hockey equipment including sticks and Sharks-themed goalie masks. To conclude the event, students were able to test out the new court and gear when S.J. Sharkie dropped the puck for an informal scrimmage alongside #4 Brenden Dillon and #39 Logan Couture.
On October 27, the Sharks Foundation and Kaiser Permanente joined forces to build a custom bike garage, ten new adaptive tricycles and revitalize an existing bike track at the Pacific Autism Center for Education. The development also included installing a new basketball hoop and trampoline, replanting an edible garden and some light landscaping. The project will supply the school's 50 special needs students with a year-round, safe activity space to build motor skills and cognitive functions, while the garage will serve as a durable storage facility for playground equipment.
At the conclusion of the month at the Sharks and Rangers game on October 30, the Foundation allocated half of the jackpot from its 50/50 Raffle presented by Black Oak Casino Resort to the Fit Kids Foundation, whose mission is to provide structured physical activity programs for underserved children to build the foundation for a healthy, active life.
In total, the Sharks Foundation donated $80,295 to health-related non-profits serving youth and families in the Bay Area through its Community Assist Grant program and 50/50 Raffle through the Healthy Living Campaign.
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