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Lucky Student, MetroPCS Set to 'Take Victor Hedman to School'

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman will visit Campbell Park Elementary School (1051 7th Ave. South, St. Pete, 33705) on Thursday, February 24 as part of the “Take Victor Hedman to School” contest, presented by MetroPCS. The winning student was second-grader Jeremy Raley.

“We are extremely pleased to participate in the successful ‘Take a Player to School’ contest for the second consecutive year,” Lightning senior vice president of corporate sales and marketing partnerships Patrick Duffy said. “We look forward to continuing to grow the contest in the future and would like to thank MetroPCS, as well as Victor, for allowing us to offer this amazing event to Jeremy and his classmates.”

“MetroPCS is thrilled to team up with the Tampa Bay Lightning for the second time on this exciting program,” said Mike Riley, VP/GM of the Central Florida region for MetroPCS. “The Take a Player to School contest provides local area students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend the day with their sports heroes. At MetroPCS, we strive to not only support, but also enrich the lives of the communities in which we serve.”

Hedman will arrive at the school at 8:30 a.m. and will participate in the school’s morning announcements.  He will then move to Raley’s classroom to answer questions for the winner and his classmates.  There are a total of 18 children in the class and Hedman will spend an hour with the students. 

Youths in grades K-8 in Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota Counties had the opportunity to register for the Take Victor Hedman to School contest at any local MetroPCS store as well as during Lightning home games at the MetroPCS Client Services Lounge.

Raley, 8, is a huge sports fan.  He is a big fan of hockey and attends Lightning games.  Raley lists “The Mighty Ducks” as one of his favorite movies.  He also enjoys football, NASCAR and baseball.

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