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Hockey Fights Cancer Month Recap

by Sharks Foundation @SharksCare / sharksfoundation.org

2018 Board Game Night

2018 Board Game Night

The Sharks Foundation in partnership with Kaiser Permanente hosted the first Board Game Night with patients at Santa Clara

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This November marked the 20th year of the National Hockey League's league-wide initiative, Hockey Fights Cancer (HFC) in which all 31 teams across the U.S. and Canada participate. 

In the spirit of the campaign, on November 16 the Sharks Foundation, in partnership with Kaiser Permanente, executed its first-ever Board Game Night at Kaiser Santa Clara. Fifty guests comprised of pediatric outpatients and their families were joined by Sharks Aaron Dell, Justin Braun, Melker Karlsson and team mascot S.J. Sharkie, and San Jose Barracuda players Antoine Bibeau, Jake Middleton and Keaton Middleton to play classic games including Chutes and Ladders, Candyland and Checkers. Additionally, Dell and Bibeau took a timeout from the competition to visit in-patients in Kaiser's pediatric unit who could not join the fun downstairs. A pizza party was kicked-off by Kaiser Permanente Sr. Vice President and Area Manager Chris Boyd and ended with Sharks-themed desserts and each of the children taking home a card game of their choice. 

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Inaugural Military Appreciation Night on Veterans Day

by Sharks Foundation @SharksCare / sharksfoundation.org

Military Appreciation Skydive

Sharks honor Army veteran with unique puck drop

The Sharks Foundation hosted veteran Javier Castillo for a ceremonial skydive with Mission Volant and puck drop on Military Appreciation Night

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SAN JOSE, CA - On Sunday, November 11, the San Jose Sharks hosted Military Appreciation Night for the first time on Veterans Day. Traditionally held in January to coincide with the Sharks Foundation's Heroes Appreciation Month campaign, the organization decided that moving the initiative to Veterans Day would be a perfect opportunity to join the entire country in celebrating our former and current United States service members. 

As fans entered the doors of SAP Center, they received a double-sided camouflage "This is Military Appreciation" Sharks Territory sign presented by Alaska Airlines. Fans were encouraged to hold the U.S. flag side of the sign during the national anthem which was performed by Senior Airman Stephanie Allen from the U.S. Airforce Band of the Golden West as a group from the U.S. Coast Guard presented the colors behind starting goaltender #31 Martin Jones' net.

The game against the Calgary Flames started with 10-year Army veteran Javier Castillo dropping the puck. Castillo served four deployments as a sniper assigned to the Long Range Surveillance Detachment and Reconnaissance Surveillance Target Acquisition Team. As part of non-profit Mission Volant's action adventure therapy program, on October 20, outfitted in a customized Sharks camo jersey, Castillo took a leap of faith from 13,000 feet as an act of support and solidarity for his fellow comrades. The skydiving experience was captured on video by the Sharks Digital Media department and the piece ran on the videoboard leading up to Castillo dropping that same puck with which he skydived making it the ultimate puck drop-in. 

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Sharks Foundation Recognized as Top-50 Corporate Philanthropist by SVBJ

Sharks Foundation Ranked No. 14 for 2017 Fiscal Year; Improves Four Spots from 2016 Campaign

by Sharks Foundation @SharksCare / sharksfoundation.org

SAN JOSE, CA - On Thursday, November 8 the Sharks Foundation was recognized by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as a Top-50 corporate philanthropist in Silicon Valley for the 2017 Fiscal Year. The award was given at the Business Journal's annual Corporate Philanthropy Awards Gala held at the Corinthian Grand Ballroom.  

By contributing more than $1.8 million to numerous charitable organizations throughout the Bay Area during the 2016-17 season, the Sharks Foundation ranked No. 14 amongst the honorees which included Kaiser Permanente, SAP, Google and the Sobrato Organization. The No. 14 ranking demonstrates a four-spot improvement for the Sharks Foundation which ranked No. 18 in the 2016 campaign. 

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Healthy Living Months Recap

by Sharks Foundation @SharksCare / sharksfoundation.org

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. 

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Sharks Foundation Announces Fifth Season of the Goals for Kids Program

It will partner with Taube Philanthropies, Druva, Meriwest Credit Union and SWENSON

by Sharks Foundation @SharksCare / sharksfoundation.org

SAN JOSE, CA - The Sharks Foundation (@SharksCare) announced today that it will partner with Taube Philanthropies, Druva, Meriwest Credit Union, and SWENSON for the fifth season of the Goals for Kids Program

For every goal scored by the San Jose Sharks during the 2018-19 season, Goals for Kids will make a $1,000 donation to be added to a running total that at the end of the season will be evenly distributed amongst six beneficiaries dedicated to enhancing the lives of youth and families in the community. The six beneficiaries are Books Aloud, Inc., Special Olympics Northern California, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, Loved Twice, Racing Hearts, and Okizu.  

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350 Bikes Assembled at SAP Center for Underserved Youth

Sharks Foundation Partners with SAP to Provide Bikes and Helmets to Local Non-profits

by Jenne' Johnson @SharksCare / sharksfoundation.org

2018 Sharks Foundation Bike Build

2018 Sharks Foundation Bike Build

The Sharks Foundation teamed up with SAP and Turning Wheels for Kids to build bikes for deserving youth in San Jose

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SAN JOSE - There may be a pause in hockey during the warm summer months, but the San Jose Sharks are still busy activating the bowl floor of SAP Center to do good for those in the community. On July 16, over 150 volunteers from the Sharks (@SanJoseSharks), SAP (@SAP4Good) and TurningWheels for Kids (@TurningWheelsFK) gathered to collectively build 350 children's bicycles which were donated, along with helmets, to nine Bay Area youth-based non-profits. This was the second bike build that the Sharks Foundation (@SharksCare) and SAP partnered on, with the first happening in 2014. 

"The Sharks Foundation's mission is to enhance the lives of youth and families in our community," said Sharks Foundation Director, Heather Hooper. "Our hope is that these bikes and helmets will improve the health and wellness of the recipients by giving them the opportunity to be active and mobile for years to come." 

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Sharks Foundation and Plantronics Clean-Up Cowell Beach

More than 50 Pounds Of Waste Collected in Santa Cruz

by Jenné Johnson @SharksCare / sharksfoundation.org

To kick-off Environmental Awareness Month, the Sharks Foundation teamed-up with Plantronics and Save Our Shores to host a beach clean-up at Cowell Beach in Santa Cruz on Monday, April 2. At the base of the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf and Beach Boardwalk, this area sees thousands of visitors per year making routine maintenance a constant theme for the community.

For the second year in a row, San Jose Sharks corporate partner and community advocate, Plantronics, joined the Foundation by providing volunteers and assistance in the clean-up.

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