Special to 1808Delaware

Delaware-based Greif, Inc., a world leader in industrial packaging products and services, is excited to announce a new corporate partnership with the Columbus Blue Jackets National Hockey League (NHL) franchise through 2026. The partnership includes a new fundraising platform for the Blue Jackets Foundation, supporting their community initiatives, and contributing to the team’s hockey-themed wellness curriculum.

Founded in 1877, Greif has a longstanding tradition of supporting charitable organizations focused on education, health, and social services. This new collaboration introduces the Greif Blocked Shots Platform, aiming to raise funds and support the Blue Jackets Foundation’s initiatives in education through literacy, the health and safety of children, pediatric cancer and the growth and development of hockey.

“For over 70 years, our global headquarters has proudly called Central Ohio home, yet our presence and commitment to the community remain unfamiliar to many. After years as terrace ticket holders, we believed it was time to elevate our partnership with the Columbus Blue Jackets, providing an opportunity to engage with the community through impactful initiatives,” said Crystal Cassady, Public Relations at Greif. “The Blue Jackets hold a significant place in the heart of Central Ohio, and it’s an honor to join forces with them.”

For every blocked shot during a Blue Jackets home or away game by a defenseman or forward, Greif will make a $5 donation to the Foundation. To date, the team has over 850 blocked shots.

“This partnership goes beyond the ice and truly embodies what John P. McConnell envisioned when it comes to collaboration and giving back to the community. Greif’s commitment through the Greif Blocked Shots Platform will have a big impact on youth in central Ohio, and, for that and many other reasons, we are grateful to have them on board,” said Blue Jackets Vice President of Corporate Partnerships Ryan Shirk.

The partnership also includes support for the Blue Jacket’s Power Play Challenge program, which is a free, hockey-themed wellness curriculum designed to combat childhood obesity. Greif will serve as co-presenting partner alongside OhioHealth, contributing to the goal of making a healthy lifestyle enjoyable and accessible for all children.

To learn more about the Foundation and community initiatives, visit www.BlueJackets.com.

Source: Greif Inc.; Photo: Creative Commons License

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