The Tampa Bay Lightning's Community Heroes Program completed its ninth season in 2019-20 and has donated more than $20 million to over 750 different non-profits in the Tampa Bay community.
At each Lightning home game, a new Community Hero is honored by having their story told on Lightning Vision in front of a sellout crowd and presented with a check for $50,000 to donate to the charity of their choice.
But the value of being a Community Hero goes beyond the money and a night of recognition.
There's the ability to network and collaborate with other non-profits. There's the added credibility to the work Heroes do.
And there's a non-profit community that has blossomed because it's now connected where it was once disjointed.
On Thursday, November 19, the Lightning hosted a Heroes day with the Stanley Cup. Community Heroes from all nine seasons were invited to AMALIE Arena throughout the day to see the Cup up close and pose for pictures with it.