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Jon Cooper honored as Lightning Community Hero

Through Coop's Catch for Kids, the $50,000 grant will be donated to pediatric cancer research and patient services

by Press Release @LightningFDN /

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Jon Cooper as the Lightning Community Hero this evening during the first period of tonight's game against the Minnesota Wild. Cooper, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, presented by Jabil, will donate the money to pediatric cancer research and patient services via Coop's Catch for Kids.  

Not only has Cooper been a prolific NHL coach, but his desire to give back to his community is unmatched. After losing his father-in-law to cancer and being impacted by multiple children who lost their battles, Cooper and his wife, Jessie, felt called to join the battle to combat this terrible disease. In 2016, they launched Coop's Catch for Kids, an annual fishing tournament that raises funds for pediatric cancer research while inviting patients and their families out for a day of fishing and meeting the team. To date, Coop's Catch has raised over $500,000 for pediatric cancer research.  

The grant tonight will be used to continue the fight against pediatric cancer through the Lightning Foundation and Coop's Catch for Kids.

Cooper becomes the 461st 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 tonight's game, in total, the Lightning Foundation has granted $24.15 million to more than 750 different nonprofits in the Greater Tampa Bay area. During the summer of 2021, the Viniks announced that the community hero program will give away another $10 million over the next five seasons.  

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