TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Greg Davis as the 13th Lightning Community Hero this season during the first period of tonight's game versus the San Jose Sharks. Davis, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate half the funds to the Boys & Girls Club of Tampa Bay, while the other half will go towards a scholarship for his education.
Davis, a freshman at the University of Tampa, is passionate about positively impacting the youth in the Tampa Bay community. With his father serving in the U.S. Army, Davis grew up actively involved in MacDill Air Force Base Youth Programs and learned first-hand how youth programs influence the military community. Davis has donated his time volunteering at Metropolitan Ministries, Trinity Café, Glazer Children's Museum and served as a Teen Leader for MacDill Air Force Base Youth Programs. In addition, Davis actively works to combat cyberbullying among children and teens. He implemented and led an anti-cyberbullying campaign that generated awareness and promoted acceptance of race and gender. The campaign materials from Davis' program were distributed to Florida Military Installations state-wide.
Davis will partner with Boys & Girls Club of Tampa Bay to create an innovative anti-cyberbullying campaign aimed at developing mutual respect and fostering acceptance of others. The program will include interactive learning environments and brainstorming sessions led by peers. Davis' new initiative will produce educational videos that focus on the prevention of cyberbullying and will provide support to those affected by bullying.
Clark becomes the 381st Lightning Community Hero since Jeff and Penny Vinik introduced the Lightning Community Hero 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 $19.5 million to more than 750 different nonprofits in the Greater Tampa Bay area. During the summer of 2016, the Vinik's announced that the community hero program will give away another $10-million over the next five seasons.