The Vinny Lecavalier Foundation will announce a new partnership with The Lightning Conference of the Florida High School Hockey Association (FHSHA) during The Lightning Cup Final to be held tomorrow evening at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Tampa Bay Lightning Captain and Foundation Chairman Vinny Lecavalier will be on hand for the puck drop and to make the announcement.
“This is an exciting time for me personally as my foundation expands its scope to support high school hockey throughout Tampa Bay,” says Lecavalier. “I’ve been fortunate to be able to give back to the community in a meaningful way through our work with pediatric cancer and now I’m able to give back to my sport.”
During the 1st and 2nd intermission, more than 50 young FHSHA players will shave their heads in support of Vinny’s work with pediatric cancer and to raise funds for the 4th Annual Bright House Networks Cut for a Cure Charity Challenge presented by Carrabba’s Italian Grill scheduled to launch March 1.
Through the new partnership, the Foundation plans to launch a new Vincent Lecavalier Star of the Week program designed to recognize Tampa Bay area high school hockey players for their work on and off the ice. While program and recognition criteria are in development, it is anticipated the program will recognize hockey’s student athletes for their accomplishments in academics, athletics and community involvement. The “Star of the Week” program will then culminate in an “end of year” luncheon and awards ceremony following a practice at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in the Spring of 2014.
In addition to the Star of the Week program, the Foundation will provide jerseys for players participating in the 2014 Lightning Conference All Star Game.
To date, the Foundation’s work has focused on providing quality pediatric cancer treatment and patient care through The Vincent Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine in St. Petersburg, FL. To date, the Foundation estimates it has raised close to $2 million for pediatric cancer and served more than 12,000 patients through the Center.