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Tampa Bay Lightning "Street Lightning" Initiative To Donate Equipment To Tampa Police Athletic League

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning, as part of the team’s "Street Lightning" initiative in cooperation with the NHL Street Program, are proud to donate hockey equipment to the Tampa Police Department’s Police Athletic League (PAL). PAL provides over 500 Tampa Bay Area youth with the opportunity to participate in affordable athletic and educational programs throughout the year.

On Monday, December 14 at 4 p.m., various sets of goalie equipment, along with sticks, goalie masks, nets and street hockey balls, will be delivered to the PAL community center located at 1924 W. Diana St. in Tampa.

"We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to participate in this event with the Tampa Police Department," Lightning Director of Community Relations Mark Sofia said. "I think it’s important, especially in Florida where our sport is under the radar, that we provide these kids with the necessary resources to promote an interest in the game and foster an opportunity for them to learn about hockey."

Since 1994 NHL Street has donated several million dollars of street hockey equipment and instruction guides to local schools and recreation centers in NHL and minor league markets across the United States and Canada. Through this fully funded network of structured youth recreational programs, over one million kids and adolescents have learned the fun and joy of hockey free of charge.

The Police Athletic League is one of eight organizations whom with the "Street Lightning" program is affiliated with this season. Already in 2009, "Street Lightning" has contributed donations to the Pepin Academy, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office PAL program and Dale Mabry Elementary School.

The Police Athletic League is a registered non-profit 501(c)3 organization that is dedicated to providing programs to children within our community to serve as a crime prevention enterprise, specifically targeting the prevention of juvenile crime through education and building self esteem through team sports.

For more information regarding the Tampa Bay Lightning "Street Lightning" program, please contact Mark Sofia at 813-301-6769 or at msofia@sptimesforum.com.

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