TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Robert Blount as the 43th Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of Game 2 of the Lightning's first round series against the Montreal Canadiens. Blount, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Abe Brown Ministries, Inc.
After leaving a prosperous and lucrative career, Blount began transforming the community by servicing the less fortunate through faith-based, hands-on leadership and collaboration. He joined Abe Brown Ministries, Inc. first as a volunteer and is now currently serving as their president. The mission of Abe Brown Ministries is to help offenders, ex-offenders and their families to achieve productive and fulfilling lives.
Blount is committed to providing hope to those incarcerated and preparing them with life skills that will help them re-join society in a productive manner. He helps people by building their resumes to find employment and coaches them to help improve their social lives so they can get their feet back on the ground. Blount was appointed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush to serve on the Governor's Ex-Offender Task Force and was later selected by his peers to be their Vice Chairman.