TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Freddie Brinson as the seventh Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight’s game against the Washington Capitals. Brinson, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to both Camelot Community Care and The Sylvia Thomas Center.
Brinson’s selfless dedication and compassion for children in the foster system has translated to a notable, positive impact on the lives of hundreds of foster children and their adoptive families. She is an adoptive mother who has served in answering the Hillsborough County adoption inquiry line for the past twelve years where she continues to help find adoptive families for waiting foster children.
Tonight’s Lightning Community Hero began her journey as a servant to those in the foster care system in 1990, when she found herself without a job and was encouraged by a friend to look into a position with the Department of Children and Families. Brinson eventually became a Foster Care Manager for the former One Church One Child program. There she fell in love with the children and found her life’s calling. In 2002, she assumed the role of Adoption Recruitment Specialist with Camelot Community Care, which is the role she currently holds. Brinson has previously been awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Children’s Board Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay.