Growing With The Griffins supports Grand Rapids-area youth hockey programs and the Griffins Youth Foundation. As part of this initiative, Griffins players make several visits to youth hockey practices to hand out t-shirts and help teach fundamentals of hockey. Most importantly, they emphasize the five core values of Cornerstone University’s Champions of Character program: Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Servant Leadership and Sportsmanship. The players touch the lives of youngsters in eight area youth hockey associations (Grand Rapids Blades, Grand Rapids Amateur Hockey, Grand Valley Amateur Hockey, Hockey Association of West Kent, Holland Amateur Hockey, Kentwood Amateur Hockey, Fox Motors Hockey, and Rockford Amateur Hockey) as well as those who participate in various Griffins Youth Foundation programs. Sponsors provide opportunities for these youth hockey teams to play at Van Andel Arena on Saturday afternoons and attend Griffins games on those nights.