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C.H.A.R.G.E.

Tampa Bay Sports & Entertainment launched an employee volunteer program during the summer of 2011 entitled C.H.A.R.G.E.- Contributing Hours Across our Region through our Generous Employees - as an instrumental way for staff members from the Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Storm and Amalie Arena to give back to the Tampa Bay community.

The goal of the C.H.A.R.G.E. program is simple: as an organization, Tampa Bay Sports & Entertainment aims to lead by example and to inspire others. Each month the organization sponsors a minimum of two volunteer events in the community to demonstrate the importance of volunteer service. TBSE is committed to C.H.A.R.G.E. throughout the Bay Area, volunteering a minimum of 4,000 hours annually at various non-profits. To accomplish this goal, each generous employee volunteers at least 25 hours of service. This past fiscal year, over 5,400 volunteer hours were recorded and nearly 60 charitable organizations benefitted through the C.H.A.R.G.E. program.

Could your organzation benefit from a few hours or a day of service?

New projects and organizations are always being considered. Charitable groups who wish to inquire about hosting a C.H.A.R.G.E. event, please call 813.301.6832.

Event Photos & Videos

C.H.A.R.G.E Day at VA Hospital

Lightning employees volunteered at the Bay Pines VA Hospital in St. Petersburg to help clean up the property, visit patients and brighten days...

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HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

View Lightning employees at work on a Habitat build in Pinellas County.

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SOUTHEAST GUIDE DOGS

Lightning employees donate their time to assist their local guide dog organization.

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PINELLAS HOPE

Lightning Employees volunteer at Pinellas Hope as a part of their community service program.

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HONOR FLIGHT

Bolts employees partnered with Honor Flight to escort Tampa Bay-area WWII Veterans to visit their memorials in D.C.

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PINELLAS HOPE

Tampa Bay Lightning employees, USF Sports & Entertainment Management MBA students and staff, Majestic employees, Little Caesar's and Coca-Cola C.H.A.R.G.E. Pinellas Hope for their largest service day ever with 150 volunteers combined.

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Executive Leadership in the Community

NON-PROFIT COMMITTMENT

The executive and leadership teams of TBSE lend their time and talents to a number of non-profits throughout the community with different events and causes. In 2013, Tod & Tara Leiweke were honored to serve as Honorary Chairs for The American Cancer Society’s Cattle Baron’s Ball and the F.A.R.A Energy Ball benefitting Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance.

Additionally, nearly every member of the leadership team at TBSE is honored to serve on a non-profit organization’s Board of Directors. These charities include: Chi Chi Rodriquez Youth Foundation, Florida Sports Foundation, Girls Scouts of West Central Florida, GLZ Educational Foundation, Hillsborough Sickle Cell Association, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, Lowry Park Zoo, Make-A-Wish of Central and Northern Florida, Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay, Special Olympics Florida, Tampa Bay History Center, Tampa Bay Sports Commission, Tampa Metropolitan YMCA, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa Police Athletic League, United Way Suncoast and WEDU PBS.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Jeff Vinik and Tod Leiweke have also spoken at many notable events, most recently including Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay Great Futures Breakfast, Metropolitan Ministries Business Breakfast, Not For Profit Workshop, Pepin Academies Gala and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay Storybook Ball.

A COMMUNITY CORNERSTONE

Annually, Amalie Arena is proud to host numerous charity fundraisers and events throughout the year for organizations such as American Cancer Society, Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay, First Tee YMCA, Hillsborough Education Foundation, Leadership Tampa, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, March of Dimes and USF Foundation.