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Lightning set to strike Saturday with large presence at Special Olympics family festival

by Peter Pupello / Tampa Bay Lightning

As part of the Tampa Bay Lightning organization’s C.H.A.R.G.E. initiative, approximately 40 employees of the Lightning and St. Pete Times Forum will volunteer their time on Saturday, November 12, to assist in kicking off Special Olympics Florida’s Family Festival at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park located in Downtown Tampa from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Lightning Foundation is a leading sponsor of the event.

Guests are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy a number of activities for the whole family including special appearances by local personalities, live music, games, arts and crafts, and more. Admission into the festival is $5 with all proceeds directly benefiting the athletes of Special Olympics Florida. Children ages five years old and younger may enter in for free. Parking is available for $5 at Rivergate Towers, located at 400 N. Ashley Drive in Downtown Tampa, and is free on weekends on downtown city property.

The Lightning's C.H.A.R.G.E. initiative aims to have the Lightning family volunteer its time and service throughout the Tampa Bay Community by contributing a minimum of 4,000 hours at various non-profit organizations. The objective of the C.H.A.R.G.E. program is to have the entire organization lead by example and to inspire others. To illustrate the organization’s commitment to its community, the Lightning sponsor volunteer events throughout the Bay Area to demonstrate the importance of giving back.

Special Olympics Florida provides year-round sports training and competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities at no cost to the athlete or their caregiver, as a means to achieve physical fitness, self-esteem, socialization skills, and the life skills necessary to be a productive, respected and contributing members of their communities.

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