The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Scott Crocker as a Lightning Community Hero during the first period of tonight's game against the Washington Capitals. Crocker, 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, the McDonald's Training Center and Meals on Wheels of Tampa.
Despite suffering from Cerebral Palsy that has him confined to a wheelchair, Crocker never passes up an opportunity to help others in the community. Through a program at the McDonald's Training Center, he became involved with Meals on Wheels of Tampa, an initiative that allows him to deliver fresh meals to community members who are homebound. Crocker does not allow his disability to prevent him from caring for others, as his service empowers people to live the lives they choose with no regard to physical impairment.
Crocker developed his giving spirit from his mother, Norma, a 78-year-old single parent who became a widow when her son was just 17 years old. Every day presents a challenge as Crocker wakes up, gets dressed and prepares himself for work all with the help of his mother, who often times must wheel her son out of the house through dirt and mud just to get into the shuttle that transports Crocker to work each day. Despite these hardships, Crocker always remains enthusiastic in knowing that his efforts will help others who are currently facing more dire situations than his own.