San Jose Sharks launch relief fund for part-time employees

Published April 27, 2020 by  The Mercury News

It may be quiet inside SAP Center right now, but the San Jose Sharks made some noise off the ice Monday by launching a relief fund for more than 1,800 part-time workers — everyone from the “blue coats” who scan tickets at the Shark Tank to the person who rents skates to kids at Solar4America Ice.

The fund is already seeded with more than $200,000 from the Sharks’ owners, players, front office staff and other corporate and individual supporters. The team is already paying its staff who are full-time (or nearly full-time) during the shelter-in-place period, but Sharks President Jonathan Becher said the fund is a way to help more employees who work at SAP Center, as well as Solar4America Ice in San Jose and Fremont and the Oakland Ice Center. All four facilities have been closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and part-time workers who are eligible to apply for aid will be contacted by their supervisors.

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