January 16, 2011; Source: Fox Sports | When Columbus Blue Jacket fan, Tyler Schweinfurth, tweeted last Wednesday that he would give $20 to the Blue Jacket player who scored the winning goal against the Detroit Redwings that Friday night, he had no idea that it would spark an impromptu online giving campaign that netted $10,000 for area charities.
By the time the Jackets took the ice, nearly 150 hockey fans got behind the drive and pledged $5,327 to the "money on the board" campaign. "Money on the board" is a hockey tradition in which players write their jersey number and dollar amount on a dry erase board before a game. An individual will donate the sum to a team pot or a charity for victories, according to Fox Sports.
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After an emotional win against the Redwings Friday night Jackets center R.J. Umberger announced the players were matching the fans' sum and donating their portion to the Blue Jackets Foundation. "Their passion to win, especially against Detroit, is strong," Umberger told Fox Sports. "We appreciated what they did for us and we're going to do the same and let a charity enjoy it."
The Blue Jacket Foundation raises public awareness and financial support for pediatric cancer, children’s health & safety, education and the development of youth and amateur hockey. The Jackets treated the sellout crowd of 18,684 to a win for just the second time in the past 14 tries against the Red Wings, dating to March 7, 2009, making Friday night a win-win for everyone . . . except Detroit.—Aaron Lester