Mission & Background
|Reading is Cool presented by Comerica Bank, a free literacy program, is just one of the many ways the Sharks Foundation and the San Jose Sharks help the community!|
The Sharks Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the lives of youth and families in our community with an emphasis in the areas of Education, Health and Safety, and Character Development. The Sharks Foundation supplies emergency aid when appropriate, executes unique and relevant programming, supports the advancement of youth hockey and provides financial support and resources to organizations that enrich the lives of those in need.
BackgroundThe San Jose Sharks are as deeply involved with the neighborhood we live in as we are with the game that we play. As role models, we feel responsible to give back to the community that so strongly supports us.
To this end, the Sharks Foundation was created in 1994 in an effort to increase our organizational impact on Santa Clara County. With the help of Sharks players, coaches and staff, the Sharks Foundation invests in the community with the hope of enhancing the lives of our youth. It quickly evolved and expanded beyond its original charter and has since donated more than $6 million to more than 120 non-profit groups in Santa Clara County. During the past two seasons, the Sharks Foundation has been able to provide close to $1 million in support to local organizations.