TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Storm were awarded the Chief's Certificate of Appreciation by the Tampa Police Department on Tuesday, August 14 for hosting the third annual Dodgeball For a Cause Tournament in July prior to a Tampa Bay Storm football game at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
Clear Channel Media and Entertainment partnered with the Lightning Foundation to hold the annual dodge ball tournament on July 14 and drew in more than 500 participants for the event. The tournament raised more than $12,000 for the Tampa Police Athletic League. Over the three year span of this event, nearly $50,000 has been directed to law enforcement charities and benevolent associations. The Tampa Police Athletic League is in the midst of a $4-million capital campaign with the cornerstone project being a new gymnasium and equipment to serve their approximately 500 youth.
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, $2.5 million in cash awards and more than 4,000 volunteer hours, respectively, during the 2011-12 season.
To learn more about the Tampa Police Athletic League please visit www.paltampa.org.