Tampa Bay Lightning

Honoring Heroes and a Commitment to Community

In 2011, Lightning owner Jeff Vinik, along with his wife, Penny, launched the Lightning Community Heroes program to distribute $10 million dollars to deserving Heroes throughout the Tampa Bay community over a five year period. At each of the Lightning’s 41 regular season home games for the past two seasons, the Lightning Foundation has awarded a $50,000 check to a non-profit charity, totaling $4,100,000 since the program’s inception.

In the program's first two years, the Lightning Foundation has shared the stories of 82 unsung Heroes and to distribute funding to over 120 local non-profits who are making a difference in Tampa Bay through their dedication to service, leadership and volunteerism.

Find out more about these hero's stories below, watch their videos and be as inspired by their good works as we have been. If, after reviewing, you would like to nominate someone who has inspired you, we encourage you to tell their story and nominate them as a 2013-2014 Lightning Community Hero.

Community Hero Resources

NOMINATE A HERO

The two nomination deadlines for the 2013-14 Ligtning Community Hero class have already passed. The next nomination period will be held during the summer of 2014. Check back to this page following the conclusion of this season for more information.

PROGRAM INTRODUCTION

Lightning Owner Jeff Vinik and CEO Todd Leiweke share what the meaning behind the Community Hero Program and its accomplishments to-date.

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HERO ELIGIBILITY

It takes all different types of Heroes to contribute to our vibrant community. Think creatively about a person who inspires you, and about HOW they inspire you. We know your Hero has a great story, and we can’t wait to read it!

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VIEW 2013-14 HERO CLASS

The 2013-14 hero class is underway now; Stay tuned to see where donations are distributed throughout the community over the course of this season.

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VIEW 2012-13 HERO CLASS

The 2012-13 hero class distributed $2,050,000 throughout the community over the course of the season.

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VIEW 2011-12 HERO CLASS

Last season, the Lightning honored a Community Hero at each of the Lightning’s 41 regular season games, and awarded a $50,000 check to a non-profit charity of his or her choice. Take a look at these heroes' stories.

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