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 three seasons, the Lightning Foundation has awarded a $50,000 check to a non-profit charity, totaling $6,250,000 since the program’s inception.

The Lightning Foundation has shared the stories of 125 unsung Heroes and has distributed funding to over 200 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 share their story and nominate them as a 2014-2015 Lightning Community Hero.

Community Hero Resources


Do you know a Hero? Make your nomination by September 2, 2014 if you'd like the opportunity to recognize your Hero during our first home Lightning games. We will have two additional nomination periods throughout the season.

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

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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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