TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning and Heritage Property & Casualty Insurance Company agreed on a multi-year "Championship Level" partnership, the team announced. The pact makes Heritage the exclusive homeowners and renters insurance of the Lightning and USF Athletics. As a Championship Level Partner, Heritage Insurance joins a select group of best-in-brand, cornerstone Lightning partners.
"The Lightning are very excited to welcome Heritage Insurance to our growing list of world class Championship Level partners," said Lightning CEO Steve Griggs. "We feel it is very important to have local partners like Heritage who share in our unwavering commitment to giving back to the community and look forward to expanding their commitment to Tampa Bay, helping battle pediatric cancer with Coop's Catch and also bringing the great game of hockey to children through community hockey development. I'd like to thank Bruce and his team for being such great partners as we look forward to making a difference for years to come."
"Our partnership with the Tampa Bay Lightning has been a natural fit since day one," added Heritage Insurance CEO Bruce Lucas. "The team's commitment to excellence, customer service and community involvement aligns incredibly well with the mission of Heritage Insurance. We're thrilled to take this partnership to the next level."
Heritage joined the Lightning in 2016 and quickly became active in the team's charity-minded efforts. That involvement has been highlighted by Heritage serving as the annual presenting partner of Coop's Catch for Kids, a charity fishing derby put on by head coach Jon Cooper benefitting pediatric cancer research and patient services. The event raised more than $180,000 this past year alone. Heritage will continue to support Coop's Catch for Kids, even enhancing their involvement in future years.
As part of their new Championship Level partnership benefits, Heritage will continue to grow their community involvement, becoming the Lightning's very first outdoor street hockey rink naming rights partner for the Oldsmar Lightning Street Hockey Rink, presented by Heritage Insurance. This is one of 10 local rinks being constructed as part of the Build the Thunder and Connect the Thunder programs. The rink will provide countless hours of training and programing for kids of all ages.
In addition, Heritage will also receive entitlement of the Heritage Loft at AMALIE Arena. The loft is an exclusive party area for 40-125 guests located on the Club Level of the building. It features an open atmosphere with food and beverage, promising an exciting and memorable game or show experience.
Based in Clearwater, Florida, Heritage offers home, condo, rental property and commercial residential insurance through a large network of experienced independent agents. Their team is committed to providing homeowners with the highest quality property insurance along with some of the most competitive rates in Florida.