SAN JOSE, CA - Through its partnership with Taube Philanthropies, Western Digital, Druva, The Sobrato Organization and SWENSON, the Sharks Foundation announced today that it has surpassed the $100,000 milestone through the Goals for Kids Program. For every goal scored by the San Jose Sharks during the 2020-21 season, Goals for Kids will make a $1,000 donation to a running sum of funds which will be evenly distributed amongst the program's beneficiaries at the completion of the season.&
This past Friday night, when Sharks forward Tomas Hertl scored the team's first goal of the game vs. the Los Angeles Kings, it marked the Sharks 100th goal of the season (including shoot out wins which count as one goal), which brought the Goals For Kids running total to $100,000. With the 3-2 victory that night, and the three goals scored during Saturday night's win over the Kings, the total now sits at $105,000. The team has 19 games remaining this season to score more goals and increase the total sum of the donation.
Each of the Goals For Kids beneficiaries are dedicated to enhancing the lives of youth and families in the community, with an emphasis in Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging. The eight beneficiaries are SheIS, You Can Play, One Step Beyond, Inc., Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley, 10,000 Degrees, YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley and Bay Scholars.
"Since 2014, Goals for Kids has raised and distributed more than $1.6 million back into our community," said Heather Hooper, Director of Community Relations & Sharks Foundation. "We are proud to unite with Taube Philanthropies, Western Digital, Druva, The Sobrato Organization and SWENSON who share in our vision of giving back."
"Goals for Kids is a unique opportunity for donors to partner with a sports team, the San Jose Sharks, which cares as much about giving back to the community as it does about winning," said Taube Philanthropies Chairman Tad Taube. "The longevity and success of Goals for Kids is evidence that collaborative giving can magnify the impact of grants for the benefit of all. This program makes everyone a winner, regardless of the final score."
"Western Digital is proud to join forces with the Sharks Foundation and be a presenting partner of the Goals for Kids Program," said Jonathan Smith, Vice President, North America Channel & ROEM Sales. "At Western Digital, we believe that giving back and responding to the needs of our communities are a priority, and we believe that more can be achieved when we do it together!"
This is the seventh consecutive season that the Sharks Foundation has partnered with Taube Philanthropies to raise funds for local non-profits through the Goals For Kids Program. In 2019-20, Goals for Kids raised and distributed $182,000 and positively impacted more than 100,000 lives through the program.
Partnership opportunities are still available at the $50,000, $25,000 and $15,000 levels and interested parties are encouraged to visit www.sjsharks.com/goalsforkids to find out more.