TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Jamie Klingman as the 26th Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of today's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Klingman, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, Athletes Who Care and Learning is for Everyone.
Teddy Purcell (left) joined Lightning owner Jeff Vinik (right) to present Jamie Klingman with a check for $50,000.
Klingman runs several businesses, volunteers roughly 80-100 hours per month and yet still continues to say 'yes' whenever she is reached out to for help. Her leadership skills and abilities belie her age. When Klingman sees a need, she does not hesitate to provide the guidance necessary to accomplish the goal that will ultimately help a child in need, a survivor or someone less fortunate.
She had hit rock bottom and knew that the only place to go was up. Klingman was led to depths of despair: emotional, physical and spiritually. Now she is driven by the desire to make sure no one experiences the same pains, loneliness and hopelessness that she endured. In 2007, Klingman founded her own nonprofit charity, Athletes Who Care. Through her charity she has directed seven races and led other events to help raise money while encouraging others to compete.