The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Dwayne Scheuneman as the seventh Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight’s game against the Buffalo Sabres. Scheuneman, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to REVolutions Dance, Great Explorations, the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities/USF Foundation, Tampa Generals Wheelchair Rugby/Tampa General Hospital Foundation, Hampton Arts Management, Hands Across the Bay, VSA and the Marcia P. Hoffman Institute/Ruth Eckerd Hall.
Matt Carle joined Lightning owner Jeff Vinik to present a $50,000 check to Dwayne Scheuneman.
Scheuneman suffered a dramatic event that changed his life forever and rather than let it get him down, he’s risen up against it and decided to help those in similar situations. After an accident which paralyzed him from the chest down, Scheuneman did not slow down. He became a competitive wheelchair athlete in 2003 and after seven medals at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, left athletics and started a nonprofit that teaches disabled kids how to dance. For the past 10 years, Scheuneman’s dance classes and performances have helped children of all disadvantages create and learn together.
Going above and beyond with his commitment to enhance the lives of those in need of support, Scheuneman changes the lives of the people he deals with. He organizes and presents dance concerts that showcase a variety of talent and give opportunities to disabled performers. Scheuneman brings hope to his students and raises their esteem through dance.