The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Neil Armstrong as a Lightning Community Hero during the first period of tonight's game against the Ottawa Senators. Armstrong, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will divide the money among his charities of choice, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay and Computer Mentors Group.
For over 44 years, Armstrong has selflessly devoted his time to mentoring young people throughout the Tampa Bay Area, helping them find their course in life as a precursor to becoming successful adults. Among his acts of service to the community include serving as a Big Brother to not one or two, but three young men, in addition to holding the position of vice chair of Computer Mentors Group, a non-profit organization comprised of computer professionals who guide youth towards careers in the computer industry.
Armstrong's passion for serving those younger than him also extends across all backgrounds and demographics. Nearly two years ago, Armstrong organized the 'Goals For A Cause' Hockey Tournament to benefit the Kocab/Curtis Memorial Fund in honor of slain Tampa police officers Jeffrey Kocab and David Curtis. He also established himself as a key member of Verizon's Diversity Council where he made pathways for people of color to climb the ranks of management at Verizon, and even after retiring, is still active with a number of organizations including Junior Achievement, Power Soccer, Verizon Mentoring Program, Florida Old-timers Hockey Association, and Developmental Roundtable for Upward Ability.