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Lightning Defenseman Paul Ranger to Help Kick Off 12th Annual "Kids Are Heroes" Campaign

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning
TAMPA BAY – Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Paul Ranger will help St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital kick off its 12th Annual Kids Are Heroes campaign with a “Passport to Safety” event for nearly 100 first-grade students from Shaw Elementary Wednesday, Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the St. Pete Times Forum. The event is being hosted by the Lightning Foundation.

During the event, the young students will rotate through eight safety stations set up throughout the concourse at the St. Pete Times Forum. The stations will feature topics such as fire, pedestrian and water safety, along with the importance of good nutrition, physical activity and wearing seatbelts. Ranger, the Kids are Heroes spokeschampion, will participate with the kids in the hero-training activities while Lightning mascot, ThunderBug, will be on hand to entertain.  

Since 1996, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital’s Kids Are Heroes program has recognized nearly 900 children between the ages 5 and 18 who have performed heroic deeds or displayed acts of selflessness and good citizenship. Some examples of past winners include children who have pulled an accident victim from a burning car, saved a sibling from a dog attack, donated their hair to make wigs for cancer patients and called 911 to help their relative suffering from a heart attack.

Simultaneous to the media event, nomination forms for this year’s Kids Are Heroes campaign will be distributed. Tampa Bay’s outstanding young heroes will be selected after the Oct. 29 nomination deadline. Ranger and pediatric patients at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital will sort through the forms to choose winners in three age categories. A dinner and awards banquet will honor all nominees later this year.

** Kids Are Heroes nomination forms can be acquired by calling (813) 870-KIDS, or online at

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