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Climate Pledge Arena and Seattle Kraken Announce Foundation Centered on Advancing Equity and Opportunity for Vulnerable Communities

One Roof Foundation

‘One Roof Foundation’ will focus on youth homelessness, access to hockey, and environmental justice.

SEATTLE – May 4, 2021 — Climate Pledge Arena and the Seattle Kraken today announced the launch of One Roof Foundation™, a new 501c3 organization that will leverage the collective resources and shared values of Climate Pledge Arena and the Seattle Kraken to advance meaningful social change.

One Roof Foundation derives from the belief that the well-being of every person is tied to the well- being of every other person, and that the future health of humanity is dependent on the future health of our planet.  The Foundation envisions a more equitable society and a healthy planet where everyone can realize a brighter future.

To achieve this vision, the Foundation will focus on three primary pillars:

  • Youth homelessness:  Through a long term partnership with YouthCare, the foundation will provide funding, visibility, and job support to help end youth homelessness in our region. More than 40,000 public school students are homeless or experiencing housing insecurity in Washington State.
  • Youth access to hockey: The foundation will invest in programs and partnerships to ensure that all youth in our region have access to hockey, both at the Kraken Training Center and throughout the community.
  • Environmental justice:  The foundation will elevate the voices of, and support communities disproportionately impacted by climate change.

The Kraken’s Vice President of Community Engagement and Social Impact, Mari Horita, will serve as the Executive Director of One Roof Foundation.

“We believe that issues like homelessness, racism, and inequity of opportunity affect all of us, not just the targeted populations.  We are all in this together – under One Roof,” said Horita. “We know we have an incredible opportunity and obligation to be part of the positive change in our region, so that everyone feels seen and valued.”

“For almost sixty years, the arena’s historic roof has been at the heart of the Seattle Community. And now, it will be transformed and given new life for the next 60 years. It will continue to be the symbol that represents our community, our ambitions and our ability to come together,” said Tim Leiweke, CEO of Oak View Group.

“One of the most wonderful things about sport is the opportunity to give back and have an impact on your community. It has been one of the highlights of my career,” said Tod Leiweke, CEO of the Seattle Kraken. “The Kraken is an organization which has already prioritized social justice and One Roof Foundation will build on this to help marginalized youth realize their dreams both on and off the ice.”

One way to immediately support the foundation is by purchasing a special Kraken edition license plate. 75% of proceeds from the plates will directly go to the foundation and they can purchased by anyone with a valid WA state registration starting today by clicking here.

To learn more about One Roof Foundation please visit onerooffoundation.org and follow along on social media.

About Climate Pledge Arena 

Climate Pledge Arena, located at Seattle Center, will be the first net zero certified arena in the world. It will serve as a long-lasting and regular reminder of the urgent need for climate action. The Climate Pledge, which was founded by Amazon and Global Optimism in 2019, is a commitment from companies globally to be net zero carbon by 2040. The complete redevelopment of this historic landmark, originally built for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, will be an industry first.  Home to the NHL’s Seattle Kraken, WNBA’s Seattle Storm, and the world’s biggest performers of live music and events, Climate Pledge Arena will open in October 2021.  Learn More at www.climatepledgearena.com.

About Seattle Kraken

The Seattle Kraken are the National Hockey League’s newest franchise, set to play their inaugural season in 2021-2022 at Climate Pledge Arena at Seattle Center, developed by Oak View Group. Visit www.nhl.com/kraken for the latest news and information including press releases, multimedia content and the latest hires.

About One Roof Foundation One Roof Foundation is a nonprofit organization that aims to advance equity and sustainability by increasing opportunities to thrive for the Seattle area’s most vulnerable young people and communities. The organization envisions a more equitable society and a healthy planet where all people can realize a brighter future. Learn more at onerooffoundation.org.

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