TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Keith Babb as the 14th Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight’s game against the Buffalo Sabres. Babb, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to 2nd Chance Center 4 Boyz and Devreux Kids.
Babb dedicates his time helping delinquent young men get a ‘second chance’ at life and find their life’s purpose. He is the founder of the 2nd Chance Center 4 Boyz, a non-profit organization geared toward helping at risk boys and young men in the Tampa Bay community prevent encounters with the department of juvenile justice through gender specific programming including: character development, community service, academic enrichment, mentoring, and extra-curricular activities.
Having been raised in an impoverished, single parent household, Babb understands the struggling circumstances that relate to many at risk young men. This experience coupled with the countless reports of killings and arrests of young males in Tampa Bay are driving forces behind Babb’s efforts. While maintaining a full time occupation, Babb selflessly makes the time to serve as Executive Director of 2nd Chance Center 4 Boyz and does so without compensation. To date he has been the touch of grace to over 150 young men and has helped turn hopeless souls to positive contributors of the Tampa Bay community.