The Ottawa Senators Foundation and the NHL club will no longer be teammates to support local charities and children’s and youth programs.
After a 22-year partnership, the Sens Foundation announced the end of its ties to the owner of the Ottawa Senators on July 31. The Ottawa Senators announced late Thursday that it will issue a request for proposals to explore other options to continue its philanthropic efforts.
The club foundation agreement between the Senators Foundation and Capital Sports and Entertainment expires July 31, 2020. The club foundation agreement grants the Senators Foundation the right to use the Senators trademarks, including the name of the Senators.
“The Ottawa Senators informed the leaders of the current foundation months ago that the club intends to initiate a fair and transparent request for proposals process to ensure that its charitable arm remains a vital part of the community, “the Senators said in a statement to CTV News Ottawa.
“The leaders of the foundation protested and informed the Ottawa Senators that they would not respect the request for proposal process.”
The Ottawa Senators Foundation was established as a registered Canadian charity in January 1998
“As a first priority, we will seek to fulfill our current operational, legal and charitable obligations by July 31, 2020, after which we will focus on the future of the Foundation,” said the Senators Foundation in a statement. just after 12 noon. Thursday.
“In the meantime, we thank the Ottawa Senators for 22 years of partnership and the generosity of people and businesses from across the region for supporting the work of the Foundation, which has given rise to thousands of revolutionary opportunities. for kids.”
Senators Foundation says it has raised more than $ 31 million over the past five fiscal years in partnership with the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club and donors, sponsors, event attendees and raffle ticket buyers 50/50.
The Sens Foundation says: “We are proud of what we have accomplished together, from the building of the Roger Neilson house and the 15 RINKs des Sens to our long-standing partnership with CHEO and its foundation, including the creation thousands of free options for children. to play sports, attend a summer camp, study or access physical and mental health services through programs that we have funded with incredible charities. “
The NHL club said: “The Ottawa Senators organization expresses its gratitude and appreciation to the current board of directors for the foundation for serving the charity with distinction. We are proud of the contributions made by the foundation to improve the lives of people in our community. “
Ian Mendes of TSN 1200 has served on the board of directors of the Sens Foundation for three years. Speaking to CTV News Ottawa, Mendes said, “I find it hard to think of any time when a professional sports team had a public and seemingly unpleasant divorce from their charitable sector.”
On Wednesday, the Sens Foundation released a statement on the death of George Floyd in Minnesota, saying it was both “insane and tragic”.
“I think the foundation and the team disagreed on a number of things under the hood and maybe it was the final straw so to speak .. I don’t think the tweet was there for anything thing, but maybe that gives us a bigger window on the fact that there is a disconnect there, “said Mendes.
The Ottawa Senators Foundation said in a statement to CTV News Ottawa: “In addition to letting you know that the statement released by the Ottawa Senators Foundation is not related to erroneous speculation related to statements of racism , we have nothing more to add to the story. “
Mendes notes that the foundation can still exist after July 31, but would not be able to use the Senators’ logo, branding and players.
Mendes tweeted that the Sens Foundation’s announcement “has nothing to do with a pandemic – or its economic effects. “
Mendes added that the Senators Foundation “was doing a wonderful job in our community and I sincerely hope that today’s news does not affect the thousands of people who have benefited from their physical activity / mental health programs.” “
Senators Seek Proposals For A Charity
The Ottawa Seantors will issue a request for proposals to explore “other options for pursuing philanthropic efforts”.
The club says it will continue to support child and youth empowerment, mental health, and pediatric and palliative care.
“The club also hopes to broaden and expand its reach to include the scope of assistance provided by the foundation to include, for example, assistance to victims of domestic violence and educational resources on organ transplantation,” said senators in a statement.
Senators say the final request for proposal process will be available to the public shortly for submissions.