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Player Philanthropy


Lightning players are honored to give back to the community that cheers them on. Each season, players regularly visit schools and hospitals and participate in other public appearances that support children and families throughout the Tampa Bay community.   Players also annually host a holiday party for children battling pediatric cancer, and the Bolts Better Halves volunteer and play an active role with collection drives on Ford Thunder Alley benefitting Metropolitan Ministries, the Salvation Army, Feeding Tampa Bay, and the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots.

Player Programming

Additionally, many of our players have created customized philanthropic programs that reflect their personal passions, and regularly donate tickets to host families and groups from designated non-profits at games throughout the season.

Customized philanthropy:

  • Steven Stamkos - Ronald McDonald House of Tampa Bay
  • Victor Hedman - The Humane Society of Tampa Bay
  • Ondrej Palat - Metropolitan Ministries
  • Tyler Johnson - United States Armed Forces
  • Alex Killorn - Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay
  • Ryan McDonagh - Shriner's Hospital for Children
  • Cedric Paquette - Community Hockey
  • Yanni Gourde - Make A Wish Southern Florida

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