TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Greg Jones as the 27th Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Pittsburgh Penguins. Jones, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Faith Café and the Palma Ceia Challengers.
Tonight's community hero symbolizes what it means to be a devoted public servant to those in need. Since 1999, Jones founded the challenger division at Palma Ceia Little League, a baseball program for young boys and girls with special needs. In 2012, he was awarded the National Positive Coaching Alliance Double Goal Coach Award that exemplifies a coach who values sportsmanship as a guiding trait for young athletes.
Currently, Jones serves on the board of directors at the Faith Cafe, a non-profit organization that feeds the homeless throughout Hillsborough County. His charitable ways have set a positive example in giving back to those who are less fortunate.
Jones becomes the 206th 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 $10.45 million to more than 300 different non-profits in the Greater Tampa Bay area.