The Tampa Bay Lightning honored David Wright as the 23rd Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight's game against the Washington Capitals. Wright, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to PlaySmart.
A former stand-out football player at Princeton University, Wright was inspired by his parents and past teammates to start PlaySmart, a foundation that runs sports camps for underserved fifth through eighth grade students. Since he began PlaySmart in 1997, it has invested over $1 million in a variety of branded sports programs and scholarships, as well as directing funding to similar organizations that have similar missions.
Wright is a married father with four children of his own and a successful businessman who believes that every child should be able to participate in sports and celebrate their achievements with dignity. He also launched the PlaySmart Academy, which combines experiential education and academics training that children can use both their minds and bodies in constructive manners to reach their full potentials.