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Sharks Foundation Celebrates Asian and Pacific Islander Month

by Sharks Foundation @sjscommunity / Sharksfoundation.org

Last month, the Sharks recognized Asian & Pacific Islander heritage by supporting AAPI non-profits, local organizations and community groups. The Sharks kicked off the A&PI campaign by celebrating Indian Heritage Group Night on April 19 during the Sharks 3-2 victory over the Blue Jackets.

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Sharks Foundation Celebrate Environmental Awareness Month

by Sharks Foundation @sjscommunity / sharksfoundation.org

This April the Sharks Foundation celebrated Environmental Awareness Month presented by PG&E by supporting non-profit organizations dedicated to improving and preserving the planet.

The Foundation kicked off the campaign on April 5 with a Reclaimed & Recycled Items Auction which resulted in a $2,000 donation to Bay Area Wilderness Training to support their Oakland Gear Library, making wilderness gear more accessible to underserved youth. The auction included unique pieces such as an ice cream scooper created from a used hockey stick and a wooden Mystery Puck display case.

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Sharks Foundation to Donate $100,000 in Support of Ukrainian Relief

Funds will be Donated to UNICEF USA; Fans Encouraged to Donate Directly to Organization

by San Jose Sharks @SanJoseSharks / sjsharks.com

SAN JOSE, CA - The Sharks Foundation (@SJSCommunity), the charitable arm of the San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) organization, announced today that it will make a $100,000 donation to UNICEF USA to support Ukrainian relief efforts.  

UNICEF's humanitarian work in Ukraine focuses on meeting the most urgent needs for safety, health care, safe water and nutrition, protection while also safeguarding children's rights, and long-term well-being.

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Hockey is For Everyone March Recap

by Sharks Foundation @sjscommunity / sharksfoundation.org

The San Jose Sharks hosted Hockey Is For Everyone Night presented by Zoom on Saturday, March 5th.

To start the night, Sharks players arrived to SAP Center wearing the jerseys of the San Francisco Earthquakes, a co-ed LGBTQ-friendly ice hockey team. The team also enjoyed the game from a suite.

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Sharks Foundation Brings Tealtop to City of Merced

by Sharks Foundation @SharksCare / sharksfoundation.org

Tealtop Street Hockey Court

New Tealtop Court at Applegate Park in Merced

Learn more about the Sharks Foundation's newest Tealtop Street Hockey Court located at Applegate Park in Merced.

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Since 1999, the Sharks Foundation has worked to transform outdoor blacktops at Bay Area schools and community sites into Tealtop Street Hockey Courts, expanding opportunities for youth to learn the game of hockey in a safe environment.

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Foundation Raises More Than $61,000 During Gender Equality Month

by Sharks Foundation @sjscommunity / sharksfoundation.org

In March the Sharks Foundation partnered with various female-led and equity-driven non-profit organizations during Gender Equality Month presented by Kaiser Permanente.

The Foundation launched the campaign with a Hockey is For Everyone-themed auction on March 1, which raised $3,000 for Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program (BORP). In the words of BORP Executive Director Rick Smith, the funds raised "make it possible for youth with disabilities to enjoy all the benefits that come from participation in sports and recreation."

On March 5 when the Sharks faced the Nashville Predators, the team celebrated Hockey is for Everyone (HIFE) Night presented by Zoom. Sharks players arrived to SAP Center wearing jerseys from the San Francisco Earthquakes LGBTQ Hockey Team, used rainbow tape on their sticks, and wore specialty HIFE jerseys during warm-ups.

The jerseys were auctioned that evening and benefited Girls on the Run, while the sticks will be featured in the Sharks Foundation's June Pride auction benefiting Adolescent Counseling Services.

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Sharks Foundation Impacts More Than 19,000 Lives in February

by Sharks Foundation @sjscommunity / sharksfoundation.org

Throughout the month of February, the Sharks Foundation celebrated Black history and culture by partnering with Black artists, local BIPOC non-profit organizations, and national organizations committed to advancing equity for people of color during our Black History Month campaign.

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Sharks to Celebrate Black History Throughout February

by Sharks Foundation @sjscommunity / sjsharks.com

In honor of Black History Month, the San Jose Sharks look forward to celebrating Black history and culture throughout February. The Sharks will be partnering with Black-owned businesses, Black artists and non-profit organizations committed to fighting for racial justice, providing opportunities for people of color, and more.

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Sharks Foundation Donates More Than $54,000 During Education Month

by Sharks Foundation @sjscommunity / sharksfoundation.org

This month the Sharks Foundation partnered with non-profits doing work in the education sector for our January Education campaign. 

To start the new calendar year, the Foundation hosted an auction from January 11-13, which resulted in a $4,500 donation to Kristi Yamaguchi's Always Dream. The funds raised will support 75 local T-K and Kindergarten students through their Always Reading literacy program.

On January 15, Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT) served as the beneficiary of the 50/50 Raffle presented by Cache Creek Casino Resort. The $5,000 raised through raffle proceeds will help RAFT serve 20 teachers and 200 students through their RAFT Maker Mobile Support for Title 1 Schools.

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Sharks Foundation's December Recap

by Sharks Foundation @sjscommunity / sharksfoundation.org

December was the Sharks Foundation's Holiday Assist campaign. Throughout the month, the Foundation supported various organizations focused on serving local communities in need of holiday cheer.

The Foundation kicked off the campaign by partnering with CEFCU to provide Alum Rock Counseling Center with a $10,000 Community Assist Grant in support of their Holiday Toy Giveaway program. The funding sponsored 25 families with gifts from provided wish lists, with members of Team Teal volunteering to support an additional 10 families through out-of-pocket donations.

In addition to the grant, CEFCU and Team Teal volunteers shopped for and wrapped all the purchased presents. And one family received a visit from Sharkie Claus, who fin-delivered their gifts! Click here to watch the recap video.

On December 8, the Foundation hosted an event with United Service Organization (USO), where members of Team Teal packed 500 stockings on the Concourse of SAP Center with toys and candy for youth of military families throughout Northern California.

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