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Columbus Blue Jackets donate $250,000 to build outdoor hockey rink in Whitehall

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WHITEHALL, Ohio (WCMH) — An outdoor street hockey rink will soon be available in the city of Whitehall.

The Columbus Blue Jackets are providing Whitehall, Ohio with a $250,000 grant to build a community street hockey rink, the team announced in a press release Thursday. Construction will begin in early summer and the rink is expected to be completed in the fall.

“We are really excited to partner with the City of Whitehall on this project and what it will mean for families, especially children, who will have access to it, said Katie Matney, executive director of the Blue Jackets Foundation, in the press release. .

The grant will also be used to develop sports programs, such as Try Hockey for Free clinics, staff training and equipment in Whitehall, according to the statement.

Through this partnership, the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation said it will work with the city to provide free educational resources to address STEM learning and academic success.

Matney applauded the foundation’s past work in bringing the Thomas Knox Memorial Roller Hockey Rink to Westerville in 2018 and touted the Whitehall Grant as a way to introduce more people to the game of hockey.

“Bringing a similar project to the Whitehall community allows us to continue to grow the game, while promoting fitness through play to young people who might not otherwise have the opportunity,” Matney said.