The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the health and wellness of children in Central Ohio. The Foundation focuses its time, resources, and financial support to helping kids get healthy and stay active. The CBJ Foundation supports organizations around Columbus that are making a difference in the areas of pediatric cancer, reading, fitness through play, and the growth and development of amateur hockey.
Established in March 2000 by team founder John H. McConnell, the vision was to create a philanthropic arm of the NHL franchise to give the Blue Jackets players, coaches and staff a chance to give back to the community they represent.
Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded nearly $3 million dollars in monetary grants and donated more than $50,000 in autographed merchandise to local non-profits for fundraising efforts.
The Foundation is committed to securing partnerships with local organizations dedicated to raising public awareness and financial support for the health and wellness of the children in Central Ohio. These efforts have proven to have a measurable impact on children’s physical fitness, nutrition, education, and safety. In addition, the Foundation partners with the CBJ to bring attention to the ice and make hockey more affordable for local families.
Earlier this year, Zest Juice Co. was a proud sponsor of the CannonBall fundraiser event. Zest donated cold pressed juice for a specialty cocktail. The CannonBall is a community building event which helps benefit the Blue Jacket's Foundation's ongoing support of youth health and wellness in Central Ohio.