Community Initiatives & Programs
The Lightning Foundation is pleased to have many tremendous fans, donors and hockey enthusiasts in the Tampa Bay area and surrounding communities. In addition to on-going community outreach, the Lightning host many events throughout the year to benefit the Lightning Foundation, including the Bolt Run, Bolts Family Carnival and home game auctions.
Below, view programs and resources for community projects currently in action for the Lightning Foundation.
Tampa Bay Sports & Entertainment is delighted to support a wide range of charities and community organizations each year through the donations of in-kind merchandise.
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 over $7,500,000 since the program’s inception.
The Lightning Foundation annually invites Lightning fans and members of the local arts community to submit pieces of original artwork to be hung for display in Amalie Arena. Submissions for the program's second year are currently being accepted.
Score With Reading presented by Bright House Networks encourages first grade students to read outside of their classroom at least 25 minutes per day, over a six week period and to keep “score” of their minutes read. This program motivates students to become "all-star" readers with reading milestones and the ability to win prizes!
The Lightning Foundation held its second-annual Bolts Family Carnival on Sunday, January 24, 2016. Held inside Amalie Arena, the Bolts Family Carnival featured carnival-style games on the event floor (Dunk Tank! High Striker! Darts!), modern games on the Promenade level of the arena (Wii! Ping Pong!) and unique photo opportunities.
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Back for its 14th year, the Bolt Run helps fans raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Lightning Foundation through a 5k run, 5 mile run or 1 mile family fun walk.
For every goal scored by the Lightning during 2014-15 preseason and regular season home games, Mosaic will donate $500 and for every hat trick scored, Mosaic will donate $5,000 to Feeding America Tampa Bay and regional food bank partners.