TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored John B. Robinson IV as the 12th Lightning Community Hero this season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Chicago Blackhawks. Robinson, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Post 9/11 Veterans Corp and Troop Rewards.
From 2010 to 2014 Robinson served in the Marine Corps as an infantryman and civilian contractor. After he returned home he decided to create his own organization, Post 9/11 Veterans. Post 9/11 Veterans focuses on providing a platform, a starting point, and a place of belonging, where veterans are encouraged to integrate into their local communities and inspire through actions. Over the last three years, John has helped bridge the gap between returning veterans and the community with social outreach. Through his many initiatives veterans are able to help other at need populations throughout the community such as the homeless, at-risk youth and the elderly.
John's latest initiative with Post 9/11 Veterans Corp is a "Bridge Scholarship" program that awards five veterans each semester with a scholarship to help with the financial burden of books and supplies not covered by the VA. He also created a "Back to School" initiative that ensures the students at Academy Prep Center of Tampa get the essentials needed to succeed in the classroom. In addition to these initiatives, John's organization has gotten veterans involved with throwing Halloween celebrations at Joshua House, sorting nonperishable foods for Feeding Tampa Bay, painting the house of a disabled veteran through Paint Your Heart Out, and hosting a brunch for female veterans to give them the opportunity to meet and be inspired by other veterans and their supporters.
John B. Robinson IV becomes the 335th 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 $16.85 million to more than 400 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