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Sharks in the Community

The Sharks recognize the value in helping the community and for that reason, we are extremely proud of the work we do. Whether it’s with the Sharks Foundation—the team’s official charity—or through fan development initiatives, the Sharks are committed to making a positive impact in our community.


Hockey Fights Cancer

The Sharks organization is proud to take part in the league-wide initiative of Hockey Fights Cancer month. The Sharks have hosted local cancer related organizations, honored cancer patients, raised funds for various charities and most importantly, helped to increase the overall awareness in the fight against cancer.

Some of the events that have taken place have included a Hockey Fights Cancer game day, a special Hockey Fights Cancer jersey auction, and the popular Burnzie's Buzzcut.

Sharks & Parks powered by Kaiser Permanente
Indoor and Outdoor Street Hockey Programs

In 1991, the Sharks created Sharks & Parks, a street hockey program that provided schools, community centers and youth organizations with street hockey equipment and coaching tools and instruction to select centers in order to generate an interest in hockey and make it more accessible to local youth.

The program was so successful in San Jose, that the NHL hired its creator to implement the program at a league level. Currently the program is in 33 NHL and AHL cities.

Mobile Shark Tank
The Interactive Street Hockey Experience!

The Mobile Shark Tank, consisting of one-foot-high light foam boards, is a portable and interactive mobile street hockey experience geared toward elementary school-aged children. A safe, non-competitive experience, this hockey rink allows children to play street hockey in a designated area like a parking lot, blacktop or gymnasium floor free of charge. All you need to participate are tennis shoes. The Sharks will provide sticks, balls and necessary equipment for goalies.

High School Writer's Day
Experience a Day in the Life of a Professional Sports Journalist

The San Jose Sharks High School Writer’s Day features seven high school students who are selected for the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a professional sports journalist.
This year was the 10th anniversary of the event, which featured the writers coming to a Sharks vs. Florida Panthers game, meeting local sports journalists and Sharks Executives, a tour of SAP Center, player interviews, and a post-game write-up from each student.

Kaiser Permanente Future Sharks
Play on Sharks Home Ice During Intermission!

For over 10 years, youth hockey players from Northern California (10 and under) have graced the ice and have had the rare opportunity to skate on the same surface as NHL players through the Kaiser Permanente Future Sharks program. The Future Sharks program gives Norcal youth hockey clubs the chance to showcase their talent at home games throughout the Sharks season.

The Bay Area All-Star Scholarship Team

In a collective effort to support youth working towards the goal of higher education, Bay Area professional sports franchises have teamed up to form the Bay Area All-Star Scholarship Team (BAASST).  Each participating Bay Area sports team does its part in contributing to the BAASST program each year. With this initiative, the Bay Area sports franchises identify seven outstanding students and award each of them a scholarship for $3,000.

Green Territory
Green is Our Goal! Help the Sharks Go Green

The San Jose Sharks "Green Territory" program is an effort to do our part in the community to help the environment, implement reducing, reusing and recycling practices in our day-to-day operations. We encourage our fans to do the same.

Blood Drive
Join the "Save a Life" Blood Drive at SAP Center

Each year, the Sharks Foundation and the Stanford Blood Center team up for the "Save a Life" Blood Drive at SAP Center at San Jose. Hundreds of Sharks fans turn out to participate in this donation opportunity, consistently making it Stanford Blood Center's most successful drive of the year.

Participants who register to donate blood or sign up for the Blood Marrow Registry are invited to watch the San Jose Sharks morning skate following their donation appointment.

Sharks Foundation

The 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 nearly $8.6 million to more than 160 non-profit groups in Santa Clara County. During the past season, the Sharks Foundation has been able to provide nearly $1.4 million in support to local organizations.