The Tampa Bay Lightning, Majestic Athletic and USF Sports and Entertainment Management Students will participate in a day of service tomorrow, August 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pinellas Hope, a homeless shelter located in Pinellas County who was a beneficiary of the Lightning's Community Hero Program. It is the second consecutive year the team, Majestic and the students have teamed up to volunteer at the shelter. Little Caesars is graciously donating lunch for the workers and Coca-Cola will be providing beverages.
Approximately 150 volunteers from the Lightning and Majestic, as well as USF grad students, will be doing a number of duties that include mulching, painting, loading and unloading supplies and tent preparation. In addition to volunteer hours, the Lightning are also asking fans to make donations. The items most needed are shampoo, razors, blankets, socks (adult sizes) and underwear (adult sizes).
Pinellas Hope (www.pinellashope.org), located at 5726 126th Avenue N. in Clearwater, is a program of Catholic Charities, Diocese of St. Petersburg, a non-profit organization which opened 66 years ago to serve with charity and compassion. Pinellas Hope is a temporary emergency shelter for more than 250 homeless men and women, located on 20 acres provided by Bishop Robert N. Lynch and the Diocese of St. Petersburg. It opened its doors on December 1, 2007. Pinellas Hope was one of the 2011-12 recipients of the Lightning's Community Hero Award, with a $50,000 donation to the charity (read more here).
On February 16, 2012, the Lightning Foundation and the USF College of Business announced that the two would partner to offer an MBA in Sport and Entertainment Management, a two-year degree program emphasizing the business fundamentals of the industry and providing students with paid internships to help them experience how those lessons are applied in the real world. The Lightning Foundation has provided a grant to assist with program costs, including faculty salaries and student fellowships.
For more information on the Sport and Entertainment Program at USF visit http://usf.edu/sportMBA.
The Lightning are committed to leading by example and inspiring others to give in all sorts of ways. They contributed through the Community Heroes program, as well as the C.H.A.R.G.E. volunteer program, more than $2 million in cash awards and more than 5,000 volunteer hours, respectively, during the 2012-13 season. The Lightning's C.H.A.R.G.E. program surpassed their target goal last season by more than 1,000 hours. In addition to continuing the Community Hero and C.H.A.R.G.E. programs for the upcoming 2013-14 season, the Lightning will also be continuing with their 2nd Annual Open Call to Artists exhibition, a celebration of Tampa Bay's art community by displaying art around the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
Little Caesars is known for innovations including Pizza!Pizza!®, Crazy Bread® and HOT-N-READY®, which offers customers fresh, hot pizza with no waiting or need to call ahead. This season all fans who invest in a Lightning 10-pack plan will receive a free HOT-N-READY® pizza. Little Caesars operates stores throughout the Tampa Bay area serving nine counties from Port Charlotte North to Crystal River and the Gulf Beaches East to Lakeland.