Since 2014, the Sharks Foundation has partnered with KaBOOM!, to build Sharks-themed playgrounds in areas in need of safe, accessible play spaces. Each year, more than 200 volunteers and VIP's, including Sharks athletes and front office, join representatives from the community to assist in the builds.
2014 - Sharks Foundation playground in partnership with the San Jose Parks Foundation at Pueblo De Dios
Through these playground builds, the Sharks Foundation hopes to catalyze the entire community and create tighter bonds between neighbors while giving local youth the active and safe childhood they deserve.
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In partnership with the Good Tidings Foundation, and Kaiser Permanente, the Sharks Foundation transforms old blacktops at local elementary schools, after school sites and non-profits, into custom street hockey courts, giving youth the opportunity to learn the game of hockey in a safe environment, while being physically active. Most recently, the Sharks Foundation created a new blacktop at KIPP Heartwood Academy in September of 2016.
In 2014 the Sharks Foundation, in partnership with SAP, announced the allocation of $750,000 over a three-year period to fund the redesign of a pediatric floor at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center to create a new Women's and Children's Center. This unit will be San Jose's first, and only of its kind, offering affordable and high quality health care to women and children with the redesign's emphasis on creating a space that is not only functional, but educational as well as visually artistic and inviting. The project is scheduled for completion in 2017.
The Sharks Foundation dedicated $25,000 of proceeds from the 2013 Sampling with the Sharks wine tasting fundraiser towards the creation of the Rotary PlayGarden. The playground, a project of the San Jose Rotary Club in partnership with the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, allows children of all abilities to discover, learn, explore and play together side by side, with an emphasis on inclusion and education.
Sharks Pediatric Clinic
In partnership with the VMC Foundation, the Sharks Foundation created the Sharks Pediatric Clinic at Valley Health Center Tully, when it transformed an existing pediatric clinic into a Sharks-themed environment. The clinic, with its play area in the waiting room and Sharks-themed exam rooms, creates a care environment that is positive, fun, and exciting for kids. Seeing over 6,000 patients each month, the Sharks Pediatric Clinic provides children and their families with full access to a pediatrician for regular check-ups, immunizations, urgent care and emergency dental care regardless of ability to pay.