TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Nicole Marchman as the 31st Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Winnipeg Jets. Marchman, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Wheels of Success.
Tonight's community hero is notable for changing many lives around the Tampa Bay area. After experiencing abuse as a child, she decided to combat abuse head on by creating the None Lost Movement. The organization gives counseling to youth and local families and support groups to students in order to break the cycle of abuse. Since beginning her work, she has assisted over 600 homeless youth from ages 18 to 24.
These initiatives have helped the youth realize that there is an opportunity to escape abuse. Her donation to Wheels of Success will directly benefit working families by having transporation services being supplied to them. Above all, Marchman's belief in paying it forward has made the Tampa Bay community safer from abuse.
Marchman becomes the 210th Lightning Community Hero since Jeff and Penny Vinik introduced the program in 2011-12 with a $10 million, five-season commitment to the Tampa Bay community. Through this evening's game, in total, the Lightning Foundation has granted $10.65 million to more than 300 different non-profits in the Greater Tampa Bay area.