The McConnell Education Foundation has donated over $1.5 million in grants to local teams since 1998
COLUMBUS, OHIO – In keeping with its mission to support the development of youth and amateur hockey, the Columbus Blue Jackets announced today that the McConnell Education Foundation will award grants to 36 Columbus-area high school hockey programs for the 23rd consecutive year.
Since 1998, the McConnell Education Foundation has offered philanthropic support for high school hockey in greater Columbus with the cumulative donations exceeding $1.5 million. Grants support varsity and junior varsity teams from the Capital Hockey Conference and the Ohio Scholastic Hockey League.
“High School sports are part of the fabric of our community and giving young people the opportunity to play hockey for their schools has been an important component of the McConnell family’s efforts to grow the game in Central Ohio,” said Blue Jackets President Mike Priest. “We congratulate these outstanding teams that continue to provide exemplary experiences and competition for their student-athletes.”
This year’s programs receiving grants include high school varsity and junior varsity teams in the Capital Hockey Conference representing Bishop Watterson, Columbus Academy, Dublin Coffman, Dublin Jerome, Dublin Scioto, Gahanna Lincoln, New Albany, Olentangy, Olentangy Berlin, Olentangy Liberty, Olentangy Orange, St. Charles Preparatory School, St. Francis DeSales, Thomas Worthington, Upper Arlington and Worthington Kilbourne.
Additional varsity and junior varsity programs in the Ohio Scholastic Hockey League awarded grants include the Athens Bobcats, the Columbus Ice Hockey Club (representing Columbus City Schools and Columbus Recreation and Parks Department), Hilliard Wildcats, Newark Generals, Northeast Storm (representing Bexley and Johnstown), PHA Prowlers (representing Pickerington, Reynoldsburg, Pataskala, Canal Winchester) and Westerville Warcats.
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