TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Freddie Moore as the 22nd Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Florida Panthers. Moore, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival, Open Café, Sickle Cell Association of Hillsborough County, Dr. Martin Luther King Parade Foundation, Men of Vision, and St. Peter Claver School.
Moore has made it his mission to make the Tampa Bay area a diverse place to live so that everyone feels a strong sense of community. Following the 1980's riots in Tampa, Moore saw the need to bring Tampa back together and embrace cultural diversity. He championed a campaign to rename a local street to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, which helped Tampa citizens come together and heal.
A founding member of the Tampa organization of Black Affairs, Moore continued his outreach to bring the community together. The organization aims to nurture young professionals into leaders through a variety of community programs. Moore also serves as a board member of the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Fesitaval. Moore fosters an environment of cultural diversity to grow the local community.
Moore becomes the 201st Lightning Community Hero since Jeff and Penny Vinik introduced the program in 2011-12 with a $10 million, five-season commitment to the Tampa Bay community. Through this evening's game, in total, the Lightning Foundation has granted $10.2 million to more than 300 different non-profits in the Greater Tampa Bay area.