Hockey is for Everyone™

Hockey is for Everyone™ uses the game of hockey - and the NHL's global influence - to drive positive social change and foster inclusive communities.

The Tampa Bay Lightning and the NHL work together to provide a positive and inclusive environment for players, their families as well as fans of every race, color religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, socio-economic status and disabilities.

Defenseman, and 2017-18 Norris Trophy winner, Victor Hedman serves as the Lightning You Can Play ambassador and serves as a leader in the locker room and the community to promote the League's growth in its diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Hispanic Outreach

Tampa Bay is home to a vibrant Hispanic community and fan base, and the Lightning is proud to support Hispanic programs and events in the Tampa Bay community, including the following: Hispanic Woman and Man of the Year Gala sponsored by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, La Feria de La Familia sponsored by Telemundo, the Migrant Student Senior Banquet, and Latinos Unidos Scholarship Luncheon hosted by the Mayors Hispanic Advisory Council.


As part of the NHL's Hockey is for Everyone initiative, the Tampa Bay Lightning has hosted a PRIDE night for the past five seasons and has been proud to drive awareness to unity throughout the community and for the NHL's commitment to equality and hockey for all. Players tape their sticks to drive awareness to the importance of inclusion and all fundraising programs throughout the game are directed toward non-profits working with the LGBTQ community.

Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, the Lightning hosted the NHL's American Legacy Black Hockey History Tour in Tampa Bay this past February. The truck included Webb and Pierce Middle Schools as part of the Guide the Thunder program, the Vinik Family Boys & Girls Club, and AMALIE arena. Visitors had an exclusive look at the 525-square-foot museum that looks back at founders, trail blazers, history makers, and Stanley Cup Champions; and looks ahead to the next generation of young stars, NHL officials, broadcasters and women in the game.

Guide the Thunder

The Guide the Thunder program uses the sport of hockey as a platform for at-risk youth from two local middle schools to not only learn how to play the great game of hockey, but also to achieve academically and become strong members of the community. Lightning employees, players, coaches and alumni serve as mentors to the students throughout the 30-week program.


Lightning Community Heroes

Since 2011, the Lightning have honored a Community Hero at every game and presented that hero with a check for $50,000 to donate to a non-profit charity of their choice.

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