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Lightning, Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson Team To Help Military Families

Friday, 02.01.2013 / 9:18 AM / News
Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning have partnered with Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson and his foundation, Jackson in Action 83 Foundation, to help military families and related charities in the Bay Area in attending tonight’s game when the Bolts host the Winnipeg Jets at 7:30 p.m. (Sun Sports, 970 WFLA) at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Jackson will provide tickets for tonight’s game to a number of groups, including but not limited to, MacDill Air Force Base 6th Air Mobility Wing, US Central Command/SOCENT, US Special Operations Command, USO, Army Reserve Medical Command and Support Our Troops. Of the special guests coming to the game courtesy of Jackson, a select few will ride to the Times Forum in style from MacDill Air Force Base on the Sun Sports Lightning Fan Express.

"I want to thank the Lightning for their incredible support of the Jackson In Action 83 Foundation and our work with the children of military families experiencing deployment,” Jackson said. “Their generosity in collaborating with my foundation to provide tickets to military personnel for an evening of fun with their families is so appreciated. We are all excited for hockey to be back and the Lightning to have a great season!

“One of the joys of being in Tampa Bay is level of team work and support we all share for vital causes. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the sporting community. The Lightning supporting the Jackson in Action 83 Foundation is a perfect example."

In addition to helping military families and charities come to the game free of charge, Jackson will appear on the Thunder Alley stage on the west plaza before the game. Fans at the Times Forum will also be able to meet him and get autographs behind section 112 during the second intermission. The Jackson in Action 83 Foundation will be auctioning off a Lightning jersey autographed by Jackson during the game.

The mission of the Jackson in Action 83 Foundation, Inc. (www.jacksoninaction83.org), is to help United States servicemen and servicewomen stay connected with the children during their deployments away from home and raise community awareness of the relational issues existing between deployed United States service members and their children. Formed in November of 2012, the Jackson in Action 83 Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.