TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Joseph Capitano Sr. as the eighth Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight’s game against the St. Louis Blues. Capitano, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to St. Peter Claver Catholic School, Academy Prep Center of Tampa, the Italian Club Building & Cultural Trust and Central Park Village Youth Services.
Martin St. Louis joined Lightning Chief Operating Officer Steve Griggs to present a $50,000 check to Joseph Capitano Sr.
Capitano distributes his free time to many charitable causes around the Tampa Bay area to help make the community a better place. He was instrumental in bringing the Phoenix House, a drug rehabilitation center, to South Florida. He stepped up and helped bring one to the Bay Area to help people who have drug addiction get over their problems. Capitano also served as president of Central Park Village Youth Services, a non-profit that serves to better the educational outlook of inner city kids in the community.
Volunteering has always come second nature to Capitano, spending many hours giving his time to the Boys and Girls Club. He also spends hours volunteering at St. Peter Claver School and Academy Prep, helping the students and faculty in various different endeavors. Both are lower income, inner city schools that he helps with fundraising for and tries to be a positive influence on the students at the school by being a strong role model.