The Columbus Blue Jackets will celebrate Community Night, presented by Worthington Industries, on Friday, April 22 when the club hosts the Ottawa Senators. Game time at Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. The evening will highlight the impact the Blue Jackets made in the community during the 2021-22 season, including the announcement of the recipient of the club’s 2021-22 Community MVP Award, which recognizes the player who best exemplifies service, dedication and leadership.
Over 360 community programs were supported through donations and grants and more than 87,000 youth were impacted this season by programs funded by the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation, which has awarded over $11.9 million in grants invested in the community since 2000. In addition, 550 schools in central Ohio participated in the club’s no-cost hockey-themed education resources and more than 51,000 children were provided the opportunity to try hockey for the first time through no or low-cost sticks in hands programs offered by the Blue Jackets.
Community Night also recognizes a trio of season-long partner programs that pledge charitable donations based upon player and team performance benchmarks. Check presentations will be made to the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation from the Big Lots! Community Assist program ($100 per assist) and Advance Drainage Systems’ Between the Pipes platform that pledges a $5 donation for every regulation save (and $10 for shootout save) made by Blue Jackets goaltenders. This season to date, the team has had 408 assists and the goaltenders have made a combined 2,409 regulation and shootout saves.
The Blue Jackets also will salute the winners of the High School Hockey and John H. McConnell Scholarships awarded by the Blue Jackets Foundation. The High School Hockey Scholarship winner is Brianna Arens, a senior from Dublin Jerome High school pursuing a degree in Biological Sciences and Integrative Physiology. The scholarship is awarded to a graduating high school senior who wishes to further their education beyond high school and has excelled in their commitment to hockey, in their leadership, and in the academic and extracurricular activities. This year’s winner of the John H. McConnell Scholarship is Keller Weston, a senior from Groveport Madison High School planning on majoring in Biomedical Engineering. The John H. McConnell Scholarship was created in 2008 to provide one local high school senior a $10,000 scholarship in honor of the life and legacy of the team’s late founder, John H. McConnell.
“Worthington Industries is proud to join the Blue Jackets in celebrating the tremendous impact they continue to have on our community,” said Worthington Industries Vice President of Corporate Communications Sonya Higginbotham. “At Worthington, we believe in building better communities where we live and work, and we applaud the Blue Jackets for their efforts toward that shared commitment.”
The evening will feature unique fundraisers to benefit the Blue Jackets Foundation and its mission to support the health and wellness of children in central Ohio with a focus on their pillar to support the growth of youth hockey. Follow @CBJGIVESBACK on social media for the latest announcements regarding auctions, raffles and merchandise.
The Blue Jackets return to action tomorrow when visit San Jose at SAP Center. Game time is set for 10:30 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast live on Bally Sports Ohio and streamed on the Bally Sports app. Coverage begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show at 10 p.m. ET. The game can also be heard on the Columbus Blue Jackets Radio Network, including flagship station 97.1 The Fan in Columbus, and online at bluejackets.com.
About Worthington Industries
Worthington Industries (NYSE:WOR) is a leading industrial manufacturing company delivering innovative solutions to customers that span many industries including transportation, construction, industrial, outdoor living, tools and celebrations. The Company’s brands, primarily sold in retail stores, include Coleman®, Bernzomatic®, Balloon Time®, Mag Torch®, Well-X-Trol®, General® and Garden-Weasel®. Founded in 1955, the Company follows a people-first philosophy. Relentlessly finding new ways to drive progress and practicing a shared commitment to transformation, Worthington makes better solutions possible for customers, employees, shareholders and communities.