TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Tim Rivers as the 13th Lightning Community Hero this season during the first period of tonight's game versus the New Jersey Devils. Rivers, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Tampa Bay.
Rivers and his wife Dori have continuessly supported the fight to end type one diabetes since their son, Jake, was diagnosed with the disease fourteen years ago. Tim serves as a Board Member and Volunteer for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Tampa Bay Chapter and has served as Chapter President twice, as well as the Nominating Chair and Chair of the Hillsborough County JDRF One Walk. Rivers and his family have raised almost $1M dollars in support of JDRF's mission to cure, treat and prevent type one diabetes.
Tim is constantly striving to generate awareness for T1D and educate individuals unfamiliar with the disease. He is known for his ongoing ability to identify T1D connections in local companies and has been able to significatnly expand JDRF's awareness within the local community. Rivers has also organized golf tournaments, and currently holds an annual Casino Night to raise funds and awareness for T1D. He mentors new board members and is always willing to share his story and knowledge to help them grow and succeed.
Tim Rivers becomes the 336th Lightning Community Hero since Jeff and Penny Vinik introduced the Lightning Community Hero program in 2011-12 with a $10 million, five-season commitment to the Tampa Bay community. Through this evening's game, in total, the Lightning Foundation has granted $16.9 million to more than 400 different nonprofits in the Greater Tampa Bay area. During the summer of 2016, the Vinik's announced that the community hero program will give away another $10-million over the next five seasons.