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Pavelski Helps Build Hockey Court

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
SAN JOSE – Sharks Center Joe Pavelski has partnered with the Sharks Foundation and the Good Tidings Foundation to construct a street hockey court at Franklin Elementary School in San Jose.


Pavelski, S.J. Sharkie, and other VIPs will be on-hand Monday, Sept. 20 at 2 p.m. to christen the court and battle the students in a game of street hockey.

In a partnership between the Good Tidings Foundation and the Sharks Foundation that spans six previous court projects, this is the second time a current Sharks serves as a financial backer. The court is painted in Sharks colors and includes a donation of street hockey equipment, storage shed, jerseys, as well instruction from the Sharks staff.

“San Jose has been a great city and a great place to play in my five seasons with the Sharks,” said Pavelski. “It’s really exciting for me to be able to give back to the community and give these kids a chance to learn and play hockey.”

The Sharks Foundation and Franklin Elementary School have constructed the street hockey court in conjunction with the non-profit organization Playworks. Since 1996, Playworks has supervised recess and play times at schools to help create a more positive and healthy environment for children during their breaks. Playworks strives to develop leadership in students by encouraging them to work together to learn games, fair play and positive conflict resolution and to teach these skills and lessons appropriately to their classmates.

Community VIP’s and members from the Franklin-McKinley School Board will also be in attendance.

ABOUT THE SHARKS FOUNDATION:
The Sharks Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the lives of youth and families in our community with an emphasis in the areas of Education, Heath and Safety, and Character Development. The Sharks Foundation supplies emergency aid when appropriate, executes unique and relevant programming, and provides financial support and resources to organizations that enrich the lives of those in need. Although the San Jose Sharks and the Sharks Foundation support a variety of community programs on various levels, we feel that the key to the long-term well-being of our community is our youth.

The San Jose Sharks are as deeply involved with the neighborhood we live in as we are with the game that we play. As role models, we feel responsible to give back to the community that so strongly supports us.

To this end, the Sharks Foundation was created in 1994 in an effort to increase our organizational impact on Santa Clara County. With the help of Sharks players, coaches and staff, the Sharks Foundation invests in the community with the hope of enhancing the lives of our youth. It quickly evolved and expanded beyond its original charter and has since donated over $4.1 million to more than 85 local beneficiaries. During the 2009-10 season, its contribution to local youth programs and organizations totaled $256,898 through monetary grants. In addition to the original grant program, the Sharks Foundation manages educational programs, hosts major fundraisers, executes pledge programs and implements community outreach events.

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ABOUT THE GOOD TIDINGS FOUNDATION:
Good Tidings Foundation, a 501-(c)-3 children’s charity, equally supports arts, education, athletics, and dreams for youth from communities in need in the Greater Bay Area. Good Tidings designs, funds and builds original projects to increase access to enriching opportunities by deserving youth. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, it has constructed more than 85 youth athletic facilities and 5 art centers, provided art education for 4,000 students and granted nearly $700,000 in college scholarships. For more information, visit www.goodtidings.org.



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