The Sharks Foundation kicked off its annual Giving Campaign in October by engaging youth and families in living active lifestyles through its Healthy Living Month campaign.
On October 15, the Sharks Foundation hosted a Tealtop Street Hockey Court ribbon cutting ceremony in partnership with Kaiser Permanente at Edenvale Elementary School in San Jose. Sharks broadcasters Randy Hahn and Dan Rusanowsky emceed the dedication, which included the school's principal, teachers, and 150 students and their family members.
In addition to gifting a new street hockey court and nets, the school received new Sharks-branded sticks and goalie masks, along with goalie equipment. Students were able to try out the court and gear when S.J. Sharkie dropped the puck for a scrimmage alongside Sharks captain Logan Couture and defenseman Brenden Dillon.
A few days later the Foundation joined forces with SAP to build a KaBOOM! playground at Windmill Springs Elementary. In just six hours nearly 200 volunteers were able to construct the structure and revitalize the area with colorful artwork, benches and planter boxes, to offer the school's Pre-K and Kindergarten students an age appropriate and safe zone for outdoor activity.
In the morning motivational remarks were led by Sharks President John Tortora and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility SAP North America, Katie Morgan, while Sharks Tomas Hertl and mascot S.J. Sharkie joined the group later that day to put the finishing touches on the playground and officially cut the ribbon to welcome community members to the new space.
With Sharks fans support throughout the month, 50/50 Raffle presented by Black Oak Casino Resort funds were donated to non-profits focused on health and wellness, including:
- October 13: Children's Health Council (CHC)
- Give: $6,515
- Mission: To remove barriers to learning, helping children and teens become resilient, happy and successful at home, school and in life. Sharks alumni and broadcaster Jamie Baker, who is a well-known mental health advocate, met the CHC volunteer group and staff pre-game.
- October 19: YWCA Silicon Valley
- Give: $9,095
- Mission: Empowering youth by working to achieve solutions for survivors of violence or facing homelessness and to help close the education and prosperity gap.
The featured October Goals for Kids beneficiary, JW House, was also recognized during the month of October. Located on the campus of Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara and aiding in the physical health realm, JW House welcomes families and individuals from area hospitals into its facility for rest and self-care during the day or overnight while their loved one receives extended hospital care.
They, along with six other beneficiaries, will receive funds based on the total number goals scored by the Sharks at the end of the 2019-20 season.
In total, the Sharks Foundation donated $122,110 to health-related non-profits serving youth and families in the Bay Area and impacted 3,491 lives through the completion of local projects and the 50/50 Raffle during its October Healthy Living Campaign.
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