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.
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.
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 as serve as life skills mentors to the students throughout the 30-week program.