Partners in the Community
The Sharks Foundation Annual Fitness Faceoff presented by Kaiser Permanente saw nearly 2,200 participants complete the combined 15,000 miles. Participants had the option of running or walking the 5k or 10k or biking the 20- or 50-mile bike course, while youth participants ran the perimeter of the SAP Center in the Kid’s Fun Run. The Fitness Faceoff also included a Health Festival, featuring various activities and booths aimed at encouraging a healthy lifestyle. The 2015 Fitness Faceoff raised more than $32,000.
In 2014 KP and the Sharks launched the Stick to Fitness Program. This fun and active program is dedicated to educating sixth grade students throughout the community on the importance of healthy living, while encouraging them to be active during physical education classes and at home. With the help of KP doctors and Sharks players, the program taught lessons in health and fitness to nearly 1,800 underserved youth and provided 10 local schools with street hockey equipment for their P.E. classes.
KAISER PERMANENTE FUTURE SHARKS
During the intermission of select Sharks home games local youth hockey teams have the chance to display their skills and talent in front of thousands of Sharks fans at SAP Center. Participating clubs dressed 12 players and were given the option to play either a two-minute hockey game or a 6-on-6 shootout during the intermission. Clubs also received game tickets for the players and their guests courtesy of Kaiser Permanente and the Sharks. See photos and learn more about the program by visiting the Future Sharks page.
The Sharks & Parks street hockey program was created to reach tens of thousands of youth. The Sharks provide street hockey equipment and instructional material, such as coaching manuals and playbooks for kids, all free of charge. The Sharks & Parks program places an emphasis on exposing the game of hockey to youth throughout the Bay Area.
Throughout the year, Sharks players, broadcasters, alumni and SJ Sharkie make frequent visits to the pediatric department at KP Santa Clara. The interaction between members of the Sharks organization and the kids and families is a valuable part of the wellness process. These interactions bring smiles to everyone involved. Watch the videos of the two most recent visits by the Sharks:
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