TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Pastor Jeff Singletary as the 28th Lightning Community Hero this season during the first period of tonight's game against the Edmonton Oilers. Singletary, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate to Huddle Touch, Inc.
Over the past 35 years, Singletary has contributed 13,000 volunteer hours and impacted the lives of more than 60,000 people in the Tampa Bay community. Singletary has raised $1.50 million dollars to fund his nonprofit organization, Huddle Touch, a faith-based ministry that supports students on sports teams in high school and college campuses. Huddle Touch provides weekly meals, life coaches and a supportive environment for students and coaches. To date, Huddle Touch has served 40,000 individuals and currently reaches 5,000 coaches and athletes annually.
In addition to Huddle Touch, Singletary also leads Men of Valor, a yearly conference that provides student athletes and their coaches with team building experiences and life skills development. The yearly event is completely free for participants and has impacted over 3,600 athletes and coaches. Singletary has received numerous awards for his contributions to the community, including the Tampa Bay FaithTalk Ministry Impact Award and The Kennedy Boyce Award for being a trailblazer and innovator in the Southern Baptist Church.
Singletary becomes the 393rd Lightning Community Hero since Jeff and Penny Vinik introduced the Lightning Community Hero 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 $19.80 million to more than 750 different nonprofits in the Greater Tampa Bay area. During the summer of 2016, the Vinik's announced that the community hero program will give away another $10 million over the next five seasons.