Tampa Bay Lightning

Honoring Heroes and a Commitment to Community

A Lightning Community Hero could be your neighbor, your colleague, or your friend.  A Lightning Community Hero demonstrates how a person with passion and determination can use their life to make a difference in the greater Tampa Bay community…and it is these unsung Heroes who help us decide where to donate $50,000 in their honor.  We are delighted that we are once again looking to honor 41 inspirational individuals as Community Heroes at every Lightning regular season home game in the 2015-2016 season. 

Lightning Community Heroes can only be selected after being nominated by someone like you, so we encourage you to please see below to learn more about our Heroes’ stories and accomplishments.  After watching their videos, we hope you are as inspired by their good works as we have been and that you nominate someone who inspires you!

About the Lightning Community Hero Program

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 and non-profits throughout the Tampa Bay community over a five year period. At each of the Lightning’s 41 regular season and playoff home games for the past four seasons, the Lightning Foundation has been honored to celebrate a local Hero and donate $50,000 to a non-profit charity of his or her choice….to date, we have shared the stories of 179 deserving Heroes at all of our home games and distributed funding to over 300 local non-profits, totaling $9,100,000 since the program’s inception.

Community Hero Resources

NOMINATE A HERO

Do you know a Hero? Make your nomination now by following the link below. Please be reminded that we have three nomination deadlines throughout the season, on Wednesday, September 2, Friday, November 13, and Friday, January 15 at 5 p.m.

Nominate a Hero

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 HERO CLASS OF 2014-15

The 2014-15 hero class is now underway; Click here to see where donations are distributed throughout the community over the course of this season.

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VIEW HERO CLASS OF 2013-14

The 2013-14 hero class is now complete; Click here to see where donations were distributed throughout the community over the course of this season.

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VIEW HERO CLASS OF 2012-13

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

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VIEW HERO CLASS OF 2011-12

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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